Help shape safety guideline

Public comment sought for proposed outline of new guideline on working in remote or isolated areas.
Date: Thursday, 07 January 2016

The Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) is seeking public comment on the proposed structure and content for a new publication Working in remote or isolated areas – guideline.

Mines Safety Director Andrew Chaplyn said the guideline will assist mining and exploration operations to develop safe systems of work for workers in remote or isolated areas.

“The guideline will cover individuals and groups working remotely or in isolation away from readily accessible infrastructure and support services,” Mr Chaplyn said.

“Remote or isolated work can provide a number of challenges which need to be addressed to ensure the work is carried out safely.

“The guideline will provide important safety information and guidance to help ensure the safety of workers in remote or isolated areas.”

Mr Chaplyn said the public comment period was an opportunity to identify gaps in coverage, provide ideas for content, and any other sources of information.

“As a department, we are committed to improving safety in Western Australia’s resources industry,” Mr Chaplyn said.

“Developing guidelines with input from across industry is an important part of that process.”

Information on the scope of the new guideline and its provisional structure and content is available on the department’s website.

Feedback closes at noon on Friday 29 January 2016 and should be sent to