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On 31 March 2022, the Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws replaced the health and safety elements of the Mines Safety and Inspection laws. For information visit www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/whs
Transitional arrangements may be in place for the compliance requirements on this page.
All health and safety notifications, forms and guidance for mining and petroleum has moved to the WorkSafe website
The information below has been left for historical compliance reference purposes
Where the underground manager is subject to a commute schedule, an alternate underground manager must be appointed to assume the duties of the underground manager in accordance with that commute schedule.
Refer to Notifying appointment of underground manager for details regarding required qualifications.
Important note: If the underground manager or alternate underground manager of a mine is incapacitated from performing his or her duties or is expected to be absent from the mine (otherwise than in accordance with a commute schedule) or unavailable to perform the duties of underground manager, the principal employer must appoint an eligible person to act as the deputy of the underground manager or alternate underground manager during the period of incapacity, absence or unavailability.
Who is responsible for the notification?
The district inspector for the region must be informed by either the principal employer or registered manager (if authorised to do so by the principal employer).
Refer to s. 36 of the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994.
Important note: The principal employer or registered manager must inform the district inspector within 24 hours through the Department's Safety Regulation System (SRS) of every appointment of an alternate underground manager.
A log of the periods of duty and a copy of the signed letter of appointment must be kept in the mine record book.
Notification of appointments must be submitted online using the Notifications sub-system in the Safety Regulation System (SRS)
The principal employer or registered manager can notify the department of a statutory appointment, or a person acting on their behalf.
A Company Administrator (CA) or a Company Representative can enter information into SRS. The CA can assign the role of Company Representative to any person required to notify appointments.
The completed and signed appointment letter needs to be attached to the notification of appointment in SRS.
Below are the related documents available to download.
For enquiries please contact an inspector of mines
Phone: 1300 307 877