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It is of the utmost importance for any mine to comply with all relevant mine health and safety legislation. If your mine does indeed have a mine health and safety manual at your disposal, it will serve as an aid to comply with mine health and safety legislation. The main causes of ill health and accidents within different mines are targeted within the mine health and safety manual.

Processes specific to your mining operations entails specific risks. The more specialized and dangerous your operations, the more you must liaise with your inspectorate. You should also accept detailed advice regarding certain aspects of your mine health and safety policy which requires additions to your mine health and safety manual. Your mine’s mine health and safety manual should thus be very thorough.

Application and Features of a Mine Health and Safety Manual

  • Its structure and layout should be easy to follow. In order to ensure this, it can be edited or cut down according to your mine’s requirements;
  • Apart from compliance with the law, a mine health and safety manual should make life easier when it comes to running the mine by setting out clear paths through the law and processes involved;
  • The mine health and safety manual should be fully comprehensive; and
  • A model policy for the mine should be included.

 

Content of a Mine Health and Safety Manual

Information regarding the following content should be contained within a mine health and safety manual:

  • General Safety Information;
  • Safety Policy Statement;
  • Special Safety Precautions;
  • General Safety Regulations;
  • Health and Safety Manual control sheet;
  • Display Screen Regulations;
  • Manual Revision and Control;
  • Manual Handling;
  • Disability Policy;
  • Fire Procedures;
  • Risk Assessment, Supervision, and Out-of-Hours Working;
  • Smoking Policy;
  • Fire Stewards;
  • Deliveries;
  • Incompatible Chemicals;
  • Health and Safety safe working practice guidance;
  • Security Cards and Keys;
  • Access and Permit to Work;
  • Induction Sheet;
  • First Aiders;
  • Poisons;
  • Disposal of Radioactive Waste;
  • Waste Management;
  • Building Facilities;
  • Building Fabric and Infrastructure;
  • Building Systems;
  • General Safety for Contractors and Visitors; and
  • List of Hazards, Risk Assessment Forms.
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