The Mines Regulation 2014 (MR14) came into force on 6 April 2015.
MR14 is the result of a major review of health and safety mining legislation by HSE involving significant input from the mining sector. One of the key aims of the review has been to remove the unnecessary regulatory burden on business through clarification and simplification.
MR14 replaces all previous mine specific health and safety legislation, and brings together the requirements of health and safety related mining law into a single set of regulations based around major hazards within the underground mining sector. It is supported by comprehensive guidance (L149). The Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs) listed below have been withdrawn and are no longer available. The ACOP covering first aid at mines (L43) remains in force.
MR14 makes changes to the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EAWR) by removing the mine specific provisions in regulations 17 – 28 and Schedule 1 of EAWR. Equivalent protection is afforded by the remaining provisions of EAWR, alongside the provisions in, for example the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).
New guidance to help mine operators, engineers and technicians to control the major hazards associated with the use of electricity in mines is now available - Electrical safety in mines – (HSG278)