Minerals safety - guidance

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.demirs.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

Who issues guidelines and other guidance?

Guidelines are issued under the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 after endorsement by the Mining Industry Advisory Committee (MIAC). Resources Safety also produces other guidance material, such as information sheets, audits, pamphlets, posters and toolbox presentations.

Find out more about the role and objectives of MIAC at What is the Mining Industry Advisory Committee (MIAC)?

Guidelines and guidance issued under the Dangerous Goods Safety Act 2004 may also apply to mining operations. Refer to Dangerous goods safety - guidance.

Although some guidance material was prepared under the auspices of previous departments and divisions, it is still valid.


High impact function (HIF) audits examine the way certain hazardous tasks are performed in the workplace. The process looks at the task through the organisation from inception to completion, starting with the organisation’s policies and procedures to their application by an operator.

The audits provided are those used by mines inspectors. A template is provided that may be adapted by an organisation to suit its needs. The accompanying guideline provides information on how the audit might be applied.

Frequently asked questions on self-auditing of mining activities - information sheet - 942 Kb

This information sheet outlines the frequently asked questions on self-auditing of mining activities.

Accessing guidance

You can search for guidelines and other guidance in the Publications and resources area and download them as a PDF.

Many mines safety publications are available free of charge.

Many mines safety publications are available free of charge. You can Request hard copies of safety publications.