Health and safety in mining
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.
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.
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)
Programme of work
HSE's plan of work for the mining industry targets the key priorities identified in the Revitalising Health and Safety Strategy and additional priority topics identified by HSE's Hazardous Installations Directorate (HID).