Mining Industry Safety Leadership Group meeting minutes - 18 July 2012

Winsford Mine


  • British Gypsum
    Dr P Holmes
  • CPL
    Mr P Baines (Chairman)
    Mr S Hunter
  • HSE
    Mr S P Wing
    Mr M Lawton
    Mr N P Hill (Secretary)
    Mr T Fox
  • NUM
    Mr C Kitchen
  • Maltby
    Mr P Wilson
  • UDM
    Mr B Blenkinsopp
  • UK Coal
    Mr S Hoult
  • Winsford
    Mr G Dunn


  • BACM
    Mr P Carragher
  • HSE
    Mrs S Mackenzie
    Mr S Denton
  • Maltby
    Mr J Huitson
  • UK Coal
    Mr A Fulton
  • Unite
    Mr T Bush

1. Introduction

Mr Dunn welcomed members to Winsford.  Mr Baines welcomed members to the 7th Meeting and in particular Mrs Wellens and Mr Forster attending for the first time.

2. Minutes of last meeting

The minutes were agreed as a true record of the 6th Meeting held on 13 March 2012.

3. Matters arising

3.1 (item 3.1 of previous minutes)

The Hargreaves EQI methodology had been received and circulated as agreed.

3.2 (item 3.3 of previous minutes)

Rockbolting guidance would be addressed by agenda item 9.

3.3. (item 3.4 of previous minutes)

The mining legislation review timetable would be clarified at agenda item 7.

3.4 (item 5 of previous minutes)

Plans of work had been received from operators and would be reviewed at agenda item 4.

3.5 (item 6 of previous minutes)

Research would be addressed by agenda item 9.

4. Annual safety plans – Key Performance Indicators

4.1 CPL

Mr Hunter outlined the CPL plan of work detailing aspects of competence at all levels, major hazards; precautions against inrushes, fire and shafts and workforce involvement and safety rep training.  KPIs had been developed for each element and would provide intelligence on the implementation of the plan between 2012 and 2015.

4.2 UK Coal

Noting the safety improvement strategy that commenced during 2010, Mr Hoult drew attention to the success of the near-hit reporting and "take 5" programmes and senior staff meetings.  Indicating that whilst a considerable amount of work on safety observations and leadership safety talks had been undertaken, planned targets had not been reached.

Work on training for safety, incident investigation and the review of operating standards etc was ongoing.  He illustrated the improvement plan/progress towards achieving the UK Coal strategic plan and leadership and leading and lagging  indicators developed in support of this.

Discussion of high level recognition of major hazards and work force involvement in the risk assessment process and the importance of competence and experience in creating safe systems of work was noted.

4.3 British Gypsum

Dr Holmes reviewed progress against plan noting some areas of work had been re-prioritised and the plan amended accordingly, to reschedule completion.  He said that a programme of training of instructors, to retrain the work force, had been implemented.

Shift managers retraining would be completed shortly; this process had taken longer than anticipated.  A review of the precautions against inrush processes for British Gypsum sites had been undertaken.  Key performance indicators and the major hazard risk assessment processes were identified and Dr Holmes detailed the safety climate survey undertaken to capture data on job type comparison indicating a closer analogy between the views of supervisors and managers than the results of the previous survey.

4.4 Hargreaves

Reaffirming that the Hargreaves plan of work would exceed 12 months to deliver, Mr Wilson drew particular attention to the ongoing leadership programme of supervisor development and said that the work to map role-specific critical requirements in training schemes and undertake competence audits was slightly behind schedule but would be completed within plan.  The three major hazards selected, progress against plan, hydrocarbon management (complete) underground fires (ongoing) and contractor management (still to commence) were illustrated together with work force involvement engendered through a back to basic major hazard safety day and written testing programme and development of safety critical appraisals during 123 inspections.

Literacy issues throughout the industry were discussed and measures implemented to address these reviewed, members recognise the difficulties and sensitivity therein.

4.5 Salt Union

The five elements of the Winsford annual safety plan and SPIs were reviewed and Mr Dunn said that issues associated with contractors and mobile plant would primarily be addressed during 2012-13.  He drew attention to the progress against plan and said that the retraining of command supervisors, to NOS standards, was now complete and had identified other areas requiring further attention, particularly in respect of instructions and rules; the planned high level review of documentation had proved more onerous than anticipated.

The employee engagement survey undertaken throughout Compass Minerals indicated favourable results for the UK operation.  Monthly safety reps meetings were proving successful in engaging with the management, work force and trades unions.

Recognising the vast amount of work involved in the process undertaken to date, Mr Baines proposed that the next meeting consider extending the programmes to 2015.

Mr Forster supported the work of the MISLG and noted the absence of representatives from other sectors of the industry; effort would be made to resolve this.        

5. Sector strategy report on progress

Mr Baines said that a cursory glance at the document circulated revealed many analogies with the work undertaken by MISLG.  This topic would be addressed at a later meeting.

Action:  Mrs Mackenzie

6. Diesel vehicle consent guidance

Dr Holmes proposed that a small working group be formed to consider and develop best practice and common standards for the use of diesel vehicles underground, noting the differing requirements of the coal and non coal sectors.  Members supported this proposal.  Dr Holmes agreed to chair and members were asked to forward representatives' names to Mr Hill.

Action:  Members

7. MLR

Mr Lawton reviewed the purpose of the Mining Legislation Review and anticipated that the current 600+ regulations contained within approximately 49 pieces of legislation would be substantially amended, reshaped and consolidated by disposing of redundant legislation and reworking necessary and relevant legislation into one legislative package.

Mr Forster said that HMIM was currently assessing all existing legislation and ACOP in support of this programme.

Consultation with industry would take place as the process progressed, a timetable would be available shortly.

8. Qualifications Reform Group

The proposal that MISLG assume the role of the QRG would be considered further.

Action:  Mr Hill

9. Research

9.1 Rockbolting

The scope and objectives of the dynamic ground control forum had previously been circulated.

Proposed membership was identified and additional contributions from CPL and BG would be submitted shortly.

10. Date place and time of next meeting

28 November 2012 - Boulby Mine

11. Close

Mr Baines closed the meeting and thanked members for their attendance and contributions.