Often overlooked for any initiative within the mining industry is the sustainability of the changes made. Standardization supports the sustainability of these initiatives through intuitive design, clear communication, and streamlined processes. Given the large investments made within the mining industry, the return for utilizing a standardization process is high.
One of the major challenges with standardization is implementing it in a way that delivers on its full potential. Due to its simplicity, it is often misunderstood as something easy, just requiring new and/or updated documentation. Effective implementation requires time spent understanding the elements that make up a process, and the involvement of users to fully capture the best practice. Once the best practice is identified, ensuring it is communicated effectively and accepted as the new way is key for success.
When embarking on any new initiative, a key consideration should be the deployment of the standardization process. These steps include collecting information on all current methods, evaluating to identify the best practice, and creating a standardized process that is intuitive and easy to follow. Whether it’s evaluating a mine’s truck haulage performance, asset management practices or any improvement opportunity, considerable gains are made by implementing standardization.