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Who is the principal employer?
The principal employer has overall control and supervision for the mining operation in Western Australia. This also applies to any exploration activities.
Refer to s. 4 of the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994.
A principal employer can be an individual, a corporation, a partnership, or a syndicate or other association of persons.
The district inspector for the region must be notified of:
- name and address of a new principal employer
- change to name or address of principal employer (no later than 7 days after the change)
- any change of identity of the principal employer and the date of the change (no later than 7 days after the change).
This helps to establish a line of communication with the mines inspectorate and ensure legislative requirements are understood and met by management.
Refer to ss. 32 and 32A of the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994.
Duties of a principal employer
The duties of the principal employer, and any other employer as implemented by senior corporate management, are to develop, authorise, provide and maintain workplace safety and health systems to guide mine management and supervisors on how to run the mine safely.
Before operations begin at a mine, the principal employer must appoint:
- a registered manager for the mine
- The registered manager is responsible on a daily basis for the control and supervision of the mine and should reside close enough to the mine to provide effective daily control and supervision.
- The principal employer has the power to issue instructions to the manager of the mine.
- a quarry manager for open pit operations
- an underground manager for underground operations.
The principal employer may authorise the registered manager in writing to appoint the quarry manager, underground manager, alternate manager and deputy manager positions.
For exploration, the principal employer (typically the tenement holder) must appoint an exploration manager to take control of exploration activities. Where these activities are associated with a mine, the registered manager of that mine may be appointed exploration manager.
For each exploration field operation, the tenement owner must also appoint a person who is responsible for the daily site management of activities at that site. This position may be filled by the exploration manager if that person is on site managing the exploration activities.
The completed and signed notification must be accompanied by proof of the category of principal employer (i.e. copy of mining tenement search showing ownership of lease or tenement, and a map or Certificate of Title).
Lodging the notification
The completed and signed notification of appointment can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or mailed to
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
Mineral House 100 Plain Street
East Perth WA 6004
Or lodged in person at Resources Safety, 1 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth
Below is the list of documents that you may find useful.
For enquiries please contact an inspector of mines
Phone: 1800SAFEMINE (1800 7233 6463)