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1. Mine/Operation Information

Basic information that should be included in a Mine Emergency Response Plan applying to the mining for which it is developed:

  • Name of the mine together with contact numbers (telephone, fax, e-mail) and a mailing address;
  • Name of the mine manager;
  • Mine number and permit number;
  • Type of operation (surface, underground, sand and gravel, placer, exploration, quarry);
  • Location of the mine/property (Lat/Long or UTM); and
  • Number of employees on site, which includes management and contractors.

It is of the utmost importance that a mine’s Mine Emergency Response Plan are updated regularly. It should be maintained on site and made available to responding agencies, personnel, or teams.

2. Hazard Analysis of Mine/Operation

This section of the Mine Emergency Response Plan identifies all potential emergencies that could take place at the mine site. The five basic categories of emergencies are:

  • Environmental;
  • Equipment failure;
  • Explosion/fire;
  • Climate; and
  • Worker injury.

3. Emergency Equipment

The Mine Emergency Response Plan should state that emergency equipment should always be available on site to deal with potential hazards/emergencies. Examples of this equipment include:

  • Rescue equipment;
  • First Aid supplies;
  • Emergency transport vehicle;
  • Fire pumps and extinguishers;
  • Equipment that can be assigned to an emergency task (such as a bulldozer); and
  • Forest fighting supplies.

4. Trained Personnel

Information regarding the trained personnel on site dealing with potential hazards/emergencies should be readily available. A Mine Emergency Response Plan should provide the following:

  • Contact information for trained emergency personnel; and
  • Identification of other sources of trained emergency personnel (like the local search and rescue, back-up emergency teams, local fire department).

5. Implementation of a Mine Emergency Response Plan

This section should clearly define how those involved in an emergency are to access and implement the Mine Emergency Response Plan. The following should be implemented:

  • First steps: who to call, when to call, how to call;
  • Who is responsible for the implementation of the Mine Emergency Response Plan?;
  • Who is in charge of conducting emergency operations?; and
  • What communication systems should be used during an emergency? (Satellite phone, two-way radio, cell phone).

6. Directions to the Mine Site

Clearly written directions to the mine site should be provided by a Mine Emergency Response Plan. Maps which can be used for navigation should also be available.

7. Contact Lists

In addition to company contacts, a Mine Emergency Response Plan should also include contact information for all agencies listed within the plan. Examples of contacts that should be included are:

  • Outside agencies (government contacts);
  • Emergency personnel;
  • First Aid providers;
  • Back-up rescue team;
  • Corporate Head Office;
  • Mine Manager;
  • Transport companies, including air service; and
  • Equipment suppliers.

8. Training

A provision for training all persons on site should be included in a Mine Emergency Response Plan.

9. Record Keeping

Supplementary to the Mine Emergency Response Plan are all the records associated therewith. Records of the following should be maintained on site:

  • Implementation of emergency procedures;
  • Equipment checks;
  • Incident debriefing; and
  • Training.
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