Province seeking input into new mines regulations

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The provincial government announced today it is seeking input into new Mines Safety of Workers Regulations.

Government Services Minister Kevin O'Brien

According to a news release, the Occupational Health and Safety Branch of the Department of Government Services will consult with targetted stakeholders within the mining industry in the province, as well as employer, labour and union organizations.

In addition, other interested groups and individuals can provide input.

“The current regulations are outdated as they were put in place in the 1950s and no longer reflect health and safety practices relevant to the mining industry in Newfoundland and Labrador today,” Government Minister Kevin O’Brien said.

“Mining is a significant industry in this province and it is our duty to ensure that this industry is as safe and healthy as possible for workers and employers. The new regulations will provide clear direction as to what the minimum acceptable safety requirements are for mining operations.”

The release states the new regulations will be incorporated into the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations which were revised in 2009. This will streamline and provide easier access to users who will only need to refer to one set of regulations as opposed to multiple. A copy of the draft regulations will be provided to targeted stakeholders and a copy can also be accessed at www.gov.nl.ca/gs/consultation.

In addition to the draft regulations, the Occupational Health and Safety Branch is also looking for input into the new Safety Standard for Mine Hoisting Operations. The standard outlines qualifications for hoist operators and the requirements for proper maintenance, documentation and communication related to mine hoisting equipment.

In addition to targeted consultations, interested groups and individuals can submit feedback by e-mailing written submissions to minesconsultation@gov.nl.ca.

Organizations: Occupational Health and Safety Branch, Government Services, Mine Hoisting

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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