GUIDELINE FOR APPLYING SYSTEM SAFETY IN AUTONOMOUS MINING

Published: 2024-03-21
Working Group: Autonomous Mining
Status: Current

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this guideline is to provide guidance on applying system safety practices to autonomous systems in mining. It acts as both an informative document on system safety and a reference for reviewing end-user internal processes against industry best practices.

The guideline begins with an introduction of a lifecycle “V” model that provides an overview of safety-related activities throughout a systems lifecycle along with a high-level summary of the phases and the inputs and outputs of each. Following the lifecycle “V” model are several considerations that should be included in system safety to help ensure risks related to adopting automation are minimized as much as practicable.

A major section in the guideline is on product upgrade development. This section includes a high-level process map for managing product upgrades, beginning with product upgrade notifications, and ending with monitoring.

Finally, the guideline ends with a section on safety case development that considers perspectives from both the mining operator and the original product supplier. It includes recommended resources for safety cases and common safety case information.

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