Occupational Health & Safety

Protecting the environment and workers are key goals of the province’s mining industry. The Mining Association of Canada declares the health and safety of Canada’s mining workers to be a "core value with the result that mining is now one of the safest heavy industries in the country.”

 

Throughout Canada, the mining industry’s record on lost time accidents is among the lowest of all industries. According to Newfoundland and Labrador’s Workplace Health Safety and Compensation Commission (WHSCC), the lost time incidence rate for the “mining” classification in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2010 was 0.8, less than half the provincial average of 1.8 and lower than all other classifications except “finance, insurance and real estate.”

 

Health and safety is the number one priority at all our mines - all of our mine operators want a workplace free of fatalities, injuries and disease. Operators work with their employees and government inspectors to reach the goal of “zero harm.” All mine sites have on-site management professionals dedicated to health and safety in the workplace. Larger mines have multiple specialized safety trainers on site while smaller mines often contract out safety training to specialist companies.

 

Mining Industry NL has a standing Environment, Health, and Safety Committee made up of senior safety managers from all our mines. The committee is dedicated to sharing best practices and lessons learned, promoting safety initiatives and providing advice to regulatory agencies. The committee meets at least quarterly.

 

We also has an exploration safety group dedicated to helping those in the sector remain safe and healthy by documenting sources of safety information and training and raising awareness of regulatory changes.

 

Occupational Health and Safety Links of Interest to Members

 

LEGISLATION AND REGULATION

 

Act & Regulations

 

OH&S Division, ServiceNL

 

WORKPLACE NL

 

Home 

 

PRIME Incentive Program 

 

Employers Information 

 

Prevention

 

Forms

 

OH&S ADVOCACY

 

PDAC Health and Safety Main Page

 

Canada Safety Council

 

Safety Services NL&LAB

 

RESOURCES

 

Health and Safety in Exploration Toolkit (EHS)

 

Basic Emergency Response Guidelines

 

Safety Guidelines for Uranium Exploration

 

Health and Safety Policy Guidelines for Junior Exploration Companies

 

PDAC Field Safety Pocket Guide

 

Helicopter Safety & Survival Video

 

Canadian Center for OH&S: Emergency Response Planning Guide

 

Risk Assessment and Job Hazard Analysis

 

Occupational Health and Safety Mineral Exploration Guide

 

SAFE WORK POLICIES

 

Working Safely in Heat and Cold

 

Working on Ice: Best Practices

 

Working on Ice: Field Guide

 

Helicopter Safety & Survival Video

 

The below pdf. is Workplace NL's industry fact sheet for mining, oil and gas in Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

External Links Disclaimer

 

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