Mine safety officer

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Mine safety officers oversee health and safety systems at mining operations. They report workplace accidents, compile accident statistics, estimate risks to employee safety and health, and suggest solutions or new measurements and techniques.

Mine safety officers typically do the following:

  • Promote occupational health and safety, and develop safer and healthier ways of working through developing policies, procedures and systems
  • Ensure compliance with all health and safety legislation in relation to equipment and workplace activities
  • Investigate accidents and unsafe working conditions, study possible causes and recommend remedial actions
  • Develop and implement training modules on health and safety practices and legislation
  • Support a company’s emergency preparedness through developing and coordinating emergency procedures, mine rescue teams, fire fighting and first aid crews
  • Communicate frequently with management to report on the status of the health and safety strategy and risk management strategy.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to mine safety officer:

health and safety manager
mine safety inspector
mine safety expert
safety officer
health and safety officer
mines inspector
safety manager
mine inspector
mining inspector
mine safety manager

Minimum qualifications

A high school diploma or equivalent is generally the minimum required to work as a mine safety officer. Specific certifications related to safety in a mining environment are often compulsory.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Mine safety officer is a Skill level 3 occupation.

Mine safety officer career path

Similar occupations

These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to mine safety officer.

mine shift manager
desalination technician
gas processing plant control room operator
oil refinery control room operator
refinery shift manager

Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of mine safety officer. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of mine safety officer with significant experience and/or extensive training.

mine health and safety engineer
mine ventilation engineer
mine mechanical engineer
explosives engineer
mineral processing engineer

Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of mine safety officer.

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of mine safety officer.

Optional knowledge and skills

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of mine safety officer. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Health and safety hazards underground: The rules and risks affecting health and safety when working underground.
  • Electricity: Understand the principles of electricity and electrical power circuits, as well as the associated risks.
  • Chemistry: The composition, structure, and properties of substances and the processes and transformations that they undergo; the uses of different chemicals and their interactions, production techniques, risk factors, and disposal methods.
  • Mechanics: Theoretical and practical applications of the science studying the action of displacements and forces on physical bodies to the development of machinery and mechanical devices.

ISCO group and title

3117 – Mining and metallurgical technicians

  1. Mine safety officer – ESCO
  2. Mining health and safety – AUSIMM
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Last updated on January 24, 2023

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