Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion made the announcement today as International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) representatives arrived in Perth to examine the proposed new WA code of practice and guidelines.
“This highlights WA’s leadership in developing the mines of the future,” Mr Marmion said. “It is about exporting not just our commodities but our expertise.
“We already have BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and FMG using autonomous machinery – remotely controlled by people in Perth and on-site – and we are committed to seeing this technology used safely.”
The Department of Mines and Petroleum and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA will host meetings between the ISO technical committee and the local working group which developed the WA guidance.
The working group comprises representatives of the regulator and autonomous system builders and operators.
The ISO technical working group will then hold a two-day meeting to develop its international safety standards.
“For more than 65 years, ISO has been developing safety standards that apply to industries around the world,” the Minister said.
“As a parochial West Australian, and Minister for Mines and Petroleum, of course I believe our resources industry is a global leader, especially when it comes to safety.
“However, it is particularly pleasing to see this reputation reinforced by recognised organisations such as ISO.”