• Mining Amendments To Improve Mine Safety In Ontario Take Effect January 1

    Mining Vehicles with Anusl A101 Fire Protection SystemsAmendments made to Regulation 854 (Mines and Mining Plants) to require risk assessments and strengthen requirements for certain high hazards – including water and traffic management, and recording of seismic events – will come into force January 1, 2017.

    The amendments include:

    • New requirements for mines and mining plants to conduct risk assessments and have formal traffic management programs;
    • Strengthening existing requirements regarding water management, including requiring underground mines to have a water management program, and ground control;
    • Enhancing and clarifying requirements regarding conveyors, specifically requirements for guarding and emergency stopping devices/pull cords;
    • Updating training requirements for surface diamond drill operations to reflect changes to the modular training program; and
    • Amendments to several miscellaneous provisions to update terminology and certain industry standards, clarify certain requirements and revoke sections that are no longer necessary.

    Most of the amendments came into force July 1, 2016. New requirements relating to risk assessments, water management, traffic management and ground control will come into force on January 1, 2017 to provide stakeholders with time to comply.

    All surface diamond driller signing authorities and mine managers will receive updated Program Guidelines in the mail from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

    In addition, Schedule 68 of Regulation 950 under the Provincial Offences Act has also been amended. This is the schedule of offences for Regulation 854 (Mines and Mining Plants) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and allows a Ministry of Labour health and safety inspector to issue a ticket to a specific workplace party where they observe a contravention in a workplace. Learn more about those amendments, which come into effect on October 1, 2016.


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