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Health and safety in mining

Three miners walking down a tunnel in a coal mine

Mines can be hazardous environments and the possibility of fire, flood, explosion and collapse has the potential to simultaneously affect a large number of people. Continued work between HSE and Stakeholders is aimed at controlling these risks.

Guidance for the mining industry


National Occupational Standards (NOS) in mining have been developed for a range of posts, in consultation with the mining industry, and should form the basis for training and competency assessment. 

More mining qualifications

Mining legislation

The Mines Regulations 2014 came into force on 6 April 2015 and replace all previous mine specific health and safety legislation. The regulations are supported by new guidance (L149). New guidance is also available on electrical safety in mines (HSG278)

Current mining legislation