Functional Safety for Autonomous Equipment Project


Develop a guideline that clearly defines functional safety for automated mobile mining equipment and identifies relevant standards for managing it.


The guideline aims to provide a unified industry understanding of the functional safety requirements for mobile autonomous equipment. This understanding involves not only clearly defining what functional safety is, but also identifying who is responsible for it, creating a collective view of minimum requirements, and presenting general guidance on testing and verifying it.

To accomplish its aims, the guideline will:

  • Develop a process to follow for functional safety management
  • Document existing relevant standards and consider their constraints
  • Present use cases
  • Share lessons learned

Business Case

The mining industry is embracing automation, but mobile automation technologies are still in the early stages of technology development. As a result, there lacks clear guidance and industry alignment on requirements for managing functional safety because:

  • Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are at varying stages of maturity
  • Existing standards are not explicitly developed for automating mining equipment
  • Regulatory authorities do not provide specific guidance on the requirements

Overall, there is general confusion over which standards to follow, and this guideline will offer much-needed clarity and direction.


For further information, download this poster from November 2019

Project Updates

Workshop update: Perth

Content development is well underway


The Functional Safety for Autonomous Equipment Project group held a productive workshop in Perth, Australia on February 18. Operators, suppliers and subject matter experts came together to develop valuable material for the Functional Safety for Autonomous Equipment guideline. Read more...

GMG Functional Safety project wins Mining Magazine 2018 Safety Award

Early recognition of this project is promising


We are excited to announce that GMG won Mining Magazine’s 2018 Safety Award for the Autonomous Mining Working Group’s Functional Safety for Autonomous Equipment Project. Read more...

Upcoming workshop in Perth, Australia - February 18

Finalizing the table of contents and begin to develop guideline content


The project group has completed a draft of the table of contents. During this workshop, participants will be working to further outline the content of the guideline and launch the development of its content. Read more...

Upcoming workshop in Edmonton, Canada - March 26

Developing guideline content


Participants will add to work that’s been done online and in the previous workshops to advance the guideline project. Read more...