Notifying appointment of alternate underground manager

Background

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.

Related information

Below are the related documents available to download.

Frequently asked questions on appointments on Western Australian mines - information sheet - 350 Kb

This information sheet outlines the frequently asked questions on appointments on Western Australian mines.

Frequently asked questions on management and supervision at mining operations - information sheet - 277 Kb

This information sheet outlines the frequently asked questions on management and supervision at mining operations.

Contact

For enquiries please contact an inspector of mines
Phone: 1800SAFEMINE (1800 7233 6463)
Email: MinesSafety@dmirs.wa.gov.au