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Why we're here

WorkSafe’s High Hazards Unit (HHU) ensures high standards of safety in New Zealand’s extractives, petroleum, geothermal and major hazards industries.

Your duties under the law

Regulations on mining health and safety came into force on 16 December 2013. The changes affected underground and opencast coal and metalliferous mines and some tunnelling operations. Quarries, clay pits, alluvial gold and ironsand operations are also covered to a limited extent.

The regulatory framework for the control of electricity in mining and tunnelling operations also came into force in December 2013. The control of electricity in an underground mine or tunnel is covered under the mining regulations and the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 (as amended).

HHU Extractives is focused on the health and safety performance of mining, tunnelling and quarrying operations. It ensures all operators are aware of and complying with their requirements under the regulations, which came into force in 2016.

HHU Extractives is responsible for implementing Government decisions on recommendations from the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy.

Interpretive guidance

Electricity in mines and tunnels

Ground or Strata Instability

More information

For issues or queries phone WorkSafe on 0800 030 040, or email the High Hazards Unit.