The Western Australia Government has unveiled a new code of practice regarding emergency management at mines in the state.

The code is issued by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, and serves as a practical guide on emergency management systems used in surface and underground mines, as well as quarries.

Companies or personnel can obtain information on emergency management plans and know-how related to response during a crisis.

The launch comes after the department held consultations over the past two years.

The department has incorporated inputs from emergency response coordinators, trainers, industry and workers into the final version of the code, with a draft version of this released for public comment in November 2016.

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Western Australia Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston said: “One of the McGowan government’s key priorities is the safety of workers and I encourage mining companies, especially those with underground sites, to have risk-based emergency management systems in place.

“It’s crucial that mine sites prepare for the worst.”

“It’s crucial that mine sites prepare for the worst, and this code of practice provides vital information for responding to emergencies.

“The ultimate aim of the code is to provide a solid theoretical base which companies can build on the practical knowledge gained through training and emergency response competitions.”

The scope of the code also includes offering guidance on development and assessment of safe work procedures for emergency management systems.

In addition to emergency management at mine sites, the code also focuses on identification of the unique risk profiles associated with operating mines.

The code is applicable to personnel/companies discharging duties related to planning, designing, implementing and maintaining emergency management systems.

It is said that the code does not apply to mines extracting coal by underground mining.