Notifying appointment of quarry manager

For updated information relating to certificates of competency see Statutory positions

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

 

 

Background

Who can be appointed as a quarry manager?

Where a quarry operation employs 25 or more persons, the quarry manager:

  • may be the registered manager for the mine

and

  • must hold:
    • a first class mine manager’s certificate of competency; or
    • a quarry manager’s certificate of competency; or
    • for a quarry in which explosives are not used, a restricted quarry manager’s certificate of competency.

Where the quarry employs fewer than 25 persons, the quarry manager:

  • may be the registered manager for the mine

and

  • must hold:
    • a first class mine manager’s certificate of competency; or
    • a quarry manager’s certificate of competency; or
    • a restricted quarry manager’s certificate of competency.

Certificates of competency

Small mines

It is acknowledged that a small mine such as a sand or limestone extraction operation does not have the same risk profile as a gold or iron ore mine, and therefore an agreement may be sought from district inspector or State Mining Engineer to operate the mine without appointing a quarry manager.

Who is responsible for the notification?

Where there is a mine employing any person in a quarrying operation, the principal employer or registered manager (if authorised to do so by the principal employer) must inform the district inspector of the appointment of a quarry manager.

Important note: The principal employer or registered manager must inform the district inspector within 24 hours through the departments Safety Regulation System (SRS) of every appointment of a quarry manager.

Refer to s. 37 of the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994.

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

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Contact

For enquiries please contact an inspector of mines
Phone: 1300 307 877
Email: Safety@dmirs.wa.gov.au