This guideline provides a common approach to applying functional safety to autonomous systems by interpreting international standards within the context of the mining industry and its current maturity.

Mining is transitioning into automation, but international standards that are applicable are not clearly defined and managing functional safety becomes unclear. There are several reasons for this lack of clarity:

• The use of autonomous systems is accelerating but adoption is uneven across the industry.

• Current OPSs are at different stages of maturity in terms of managing functional safety.

• Several international and national functional safety standards exist, but there is a lack of clarity on what applies to autonomous systems in mining.

• Some regulatory authorities do not provide specific guidance on the requirements for functional safety


July 2020 | Guideline voting ongoing: The review period for Guideline for Applying Functional Safety to Autonomous Systems in Mining is now closed and the final draft is circulating among GMG members within the Autonomous Mining Working Group to vote on publication. If you did not receive the vote information by email or are unsure about your company’s membership status, please contact us here.

Mar 2020 | Update on the guideline review 

Project has made significant progress, feedback received from Working Group has been revised, pending software section has been incorporated, and is currently in its final stages.

Feb 2020 | Update on the guideline review

The project leaders met twice with representatives from ICMM, EMESRT and CMEIG to review our groups’ respective work on the topic. As a result of these meetings, an updated draft of the guideline will soon be circulated back to the working group for further review.

Dec 2019 | Working Group Review 

The draft guideline was circulated within the working group for review.

Jan 2019 | Project wins award

Shortly after it was launched in 2018, this project won the Mining Magazine Safety Award. Read more about why here.