Security guards perform a large number of tasks relating to the safety of a mining company's employees, visitors and the general public living near the facilities. For example, they control access to sites, keep logs and direct visitors to their destination. They ensure compliance with the rules for the site, including the wearing of safety equipment by visitors and delivery procedures for goods on the site. They respond to various alarms and inform the appropriate authorities. They also assist the team providing first aid in the workplace. They conduct inspections for fire prevention, vandalism and theft. When they work on mine sites at a remote location where employees must fly in, they may also check the loading of passengers and baggage.
- The work is performed in all kinds of weather, sometimes harsh.
- The work schedule is often irregular.
- The work may involve frequent changes of priority requiring an excellent ability to adapt and manage stress.