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Mining Industry Safety Leadership Group meeting minutes - 20 February 2013

Foundry House, Sheffield


  • BACM
    Mr P Carragher
  • British Gypsum
    Dr P Holmes
  • CPL
    Mr P Baines (Chairman)
    Mr S Hunter
  • HSE
    Mrs S Mackenzie
    Mr S Denton
    Mr J R Leeming
    Mr N P Hill (Secretary)
  • NUM
    Mr C Kitchen
  • UDM
    Mr B Blenkinsopp
  • UK Coal
    Mr A Fulton
    Mr R Kilford
  • University of Exeter
    Dr P Hoster
  • Winsford
    Mr J Noblett


    Mr T Fox
  • UK Coal
    Mr S Hoult
  • Unite
    Mr T Bush
  • Winsford
    Mr G Dunn

1. Introduction

Mr Baines welcomed members to the meeting in particular Mr R Kilford and Dr P Foster attending for the first time.

2. Minutes of last meeting

The minutes were agreed as a true record of the 8th Meeting held on 28 November 2012.

3. Matters arising

3.1 (item 4 of previous minutes).

Global Mineral Industry Risk Management would be addressed by agenda item 5 and the ground control at Boulby at agenda item 4.1.

3.2 (item 5 of previous minutes)

Dr Holmes updated progress towards his nomination to the MPQC Board, noting that the first meeting he would attend would take place in November 2013.  He identified the Mining Industry representation on the MPQC Council and that no members had been submitted for the Training and Education and Quality Committees.

Following discussion, it was agreed names of nominees would be submitted to the secretary for collation.

Action: All 

3.3 (item 7.2 of previous minutes)

Issues associated with the traceability of explosives would be clarified and circulated to the Group.

Action: Mrs Mackenzie 

3.4 (item 7.4 of previous minutes)

The minutes from the Vehicle and Conveyor Fires Working Groups had been circulated as agreed.

4. MISLG plan of work

4.1 Ground control at Boulby

Introducing this topic, Mr Hunter outlined principles of ground control, strata control, stress distribution/envelope and mine design at Boulby and detailed mineral causing unlocked bolting sequences and safety probing in advance of mining operations.

He described the circumstances of 854's fall reporting that no indication of potential geological failure had been evident from rockbolting telltales and monitoring systems, however, investigation had identified operational issues, failure to complete all mining processes and adhere to all rules.

In response to the incident and subsequent Improvement Notice received a comprehensive reassessment of ground conditions, design documentation, bolting rules, methods of failure and their monitoring and controls had been undertaken to understand contributory factors to the fall, improve ground controls and prevent a recurrence. 

Training in strata control and its management had been delivered to appropriate staff and awareness training and safety talks to the entire underground work force.

Further work to gather data and repeat and define the process would continue together with reassessment of the major hazards associated with shafts and ventilation. 

In discussion, the Group commended the approach to review all fundamental principles associates with major hazards and emerging outcomes therein.

A copy of the presentation would be circulated to the Group.

Action: Mr Hill 

5. Global Mineral Industry Risk Management (GMIRM)

Dr Foster illustrated the background and key elements of GMIRM, definitions and risk assessment techniques, and detailed the four layer approach to major hazard risk assessment.

He noted the reduction in fatal accidents in Anglo-American brought about by radical reassessment of safety risk management and the retraining of all levels of executive and managers to improve their understanding of the risk management process.

Aspects of the 5-day GMIRM course, delivered by universities across the world, were presented focusing on major hazard events and their controls, risk analysis and risk assessment techniques and control effectiveness.  He outlined the 4-level concept of the GMIRM programme which would be circulated to the Group.

Mr Fulton proposed that the Group develop a standards-based risk management methodology, through Camborne School of Mines, for application throughout the industry.

Dr Holmes considered that the existing training, and NOS content, should be mapped against GMIRM to consider replacing certain elements with GMIRM content.

Dr Foster suggested that GMIRM supplemented existing generic NOS content and said he would consider the most appropriate method of encompassing this methodology throughout the Mining Qualifications Committee.  Dr Foster agreed to prepare a statement of Scope for agreement by MISLG prior to work commencing.

Action:  Dr Foster

6. Mining Legislation Review/Update

Mr Denton updated progress with the Mining Legislation Review (MLR) and drew attention to the legislation framework recently circulated, conveying initial principles for a future legislative package, which would be supplemented by guidance. 

Introduction in October 2014, following consultation, was planned however the actual introduction schedule was still to be confirmed.  The programme of meetings with industry would continue as part of the consultation processes; Mining Policy Branch would liaise with MAUK, as appropriate, to ensure all members were aware of the progress.

Research would form an agenda item at the next meeting.

7. Escape and Rescue arrangements

The difficulty faced implementing effective Mines Rescue arrangements for the contracting industry were reviewed, Mr Denton noted that the current position was unsustainable indefinitely and said that the Group should consider future options for sustainable, effective Mines Rescue arrangements. 

7.1 Emergency scientific services

Mr Denton reported that there was also a pressing need for MISLG to consider continued provision of mining emergency scientific services, not least due to size and geographical spread of the remaining industry, and limited commercial advantage to any potential provider.

A Consultation Document addressing these topics would shortly be circulated through out the industry and Group's views were essential in developing future arrangements.

Action:  All

Mr Denton agreed to update this topic at a future meeting; the Group's initial thoughts would also be reviewed at this time.

Action:  All

Mr Baines agreed to contact Mr S Hunneyball to ascertain the extent of current scientific service delivery.

Action:  Mr Baines

8. Research

8.1 Rockbolting guidance

A proposal had been received from Golder Associates for updating industry guidance on Rockbolting in Mines by collating best practice.  Mr Leeming elucidated discussions at the last Committee meeting noting the proposal for operators to jointly fund this work.

Following discussion, it was agreed that the Rockbolting Committee would be asked to prepare a detailed scope of the work for consideration at the next meeting.  Mr Fulton agreed to facilitate this action.

Action:  Mr Fulton

9. Hazardous Installations Directorate

The future structure of the Hazardous Installations Directorate was reviewed.  Mrs Mackenzie said that Major Hazards Policy would form a stand alone division.  Energy Division would comprise Offshore Safety, Onshore Gas and Pipelines and Mines Units and Chemicals, Explosives and Biological Agents would form  further division with effect from 1 April 2013.

10. Date place and time of next meeting

11. Close

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