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Health and Safety at Opencast Mines, Alluvial Mines and Quarries

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WorkSafe has developed guidance on health and safety good practice at opencast mines, alluvial mines and quarries. This guide helps assist operators in developing, implementing and maintaining controls to manage hazards commonly associated with surface operations. It will also assist operators in meeting their regulatory obligations.

As this document is so large you can choose to download the full document or just the part you need.

Part A - Introduction [681 KB PDF]
This part of the document gives an introduction, background, and definitions to help you use it. It includes a discussion of what quarries and mines this document applies to, and a guide to the overall practice of hazard management.
Part B - Planning and design [2.4 MB PDF]
This part of the guide provides guidance for designing safety into mine and quarry operations. It describes in detail how to plan excavations, tips, ponds, dams, roads, and vehicle operating areas.
Part C - Operational safety for mining and quarrying [4.0 MB PDF]
This part of the document sets out site safety practices for working with explosives, managing ground instability, tipping and dumping material, storing water and tailings, and managing traffic.
Part D - Operational safety for equipment, people, and dealing with emergencies [5.1 MB PDF]
This part provides guidance for managing machinery, worker health and facilities, site access and security, providing appropriate training, and emergencies.
Last updated 1 December 2015


On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect.

HSWA repeals the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, with immediate effect.

All references to the 1992 Act on this website and within our guidance will be progressively removed.