How we use Australian Standards to improve mining safety
The Regulator is actively engaged with Standards Australia in developing and reviewing new and ongoing standards.
Standards Australia is the publisher of Australian Standards and is a non-government, not-for-profit standards organisation that represents the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
We take a 3-part approach to our engagement with Standards Australia’s work.
Standards that directly relate to, or are specific to mining, or are prescribed in WHS mining laws
We participate directly by being members of the committee for each standard that is considered relevant, for example, electrical and mechanical explosion protected equipment.
Standards that may have an impact on mining but are used widely outside of mining
We may participate in committees, or actively monitor those standards and provide public comment when requested.
Other standards that are not included in the categories above
We do not actively participate but we may respond if public comment is requested.
How should industry be involved?
It is very important that industry members participate in the development and review of Australian Standards. Standards that are used regularly by the mining industry should have mining industry representation on the committees, wherever relevant or appropriate.