Guideline for Applying Functional Safety to Autonomous Systems in Mining

This guideline provides a common approach to applying functional safety to autonomous systems and references international standards within the context of the mining industry and its current maturity. It also describes clear expectations for the communication requirements to support change management and effective application. It begins by identifying important reference materials and listing standards that are relevant to applying functional safety to various aspects of autonomous systems. The core content of the guideline is an example of a functional safety lifecycle for applying autonomous systems in mining and identifies some key expectations and responsibilities for providing information, documentation, and support at each stage. This guideline also offers high-level guidance on software development, verification, and validation; competency management; cybersecurity; and assurance documentation.