Mining Industry Safety Leadership Group meeting minutes - 22 November 2011

Winsford Mine


  • BACM
    Mr P Carragher
  • British Gypsum
    Dr P Holmes (Chairman)
  • CPL
    Mr P Baines
    Mr S Hunter
  • Winsford
    Mr G Dunn
    Mr J Nobblett
  • GMB
    Mr A Williams
  • HSE
    Mrs S Mackenzie
    Mr S P Wing
    Mr N P Hill (Secretary)
  • NUM
    Mr N Rowson
  • Maltby
    Mr P Wilson
  • UDM
    Mr B Blenkinsopp
  • UK Coal
    Mr S Hoult


  • Maltby
    Mr G Huitson
  • UK Coal
    Mr G Williams

1. Introduction

Mr Dunn welcomed members to Winsford and outlined the domestic arrangements.

Dr Holmes drew attention to the departure of Mr Clarke from CPL and that consideration of future Chairman would take place at agenda item 7.

2. Minutes of last meeting

The minutes were agreed as a true record of the meeting held on 5 October 2011.

3. Matters arising

It was reported that Coalpro were content to represent small mines on the group.  Mr Hoult said he would formally pursue with Coalpro.

Action: Mr Hoult

Following discussion it was agreed that representatives from both Aberpergwm and Unity would be sought; the Secretary agreed to pursue.

Action:  Mr Hill

Mr Carragher suggested that MRSL be asked to join the group; this topic would be considered further at agenda item 6.

It was reported that Kilroot Mine was represented through MAUK.

Presentations of members' safety strategies would be addressed by agenda item 4.

The major hazard ranking would be addressed by agenda item 5.

4. Key safety strategy of main operators

4.1 Salt Union

Mr Dunn presented the 2-pronged approach to safety; the Compass Minerals company strategy policy and major hazard risk management, and detailed constituent parts of each.  Particular emphasis would focus on contractor operations and a reduction in mobile plant fires, additional risks identified included ground control and inrushes.  TU involvement in safety strategies was identified.

4.2 CPL

Inrush, major roof fall and fire were the major hazard risks identified by CPL.  These would be addressed and controlled by the "Managers' Rule" structure that defined the processes, individual roles and competence of those involved in the approach and outcomes of major hazard management.

Mr Baines reviewed the CPL strategic objectives and identified audit processes applied to safety management/instructions and noted the work undertaken to review and update Manager's Rules, to ensure they were appropriate to current practices and aligned with the safety strategy.

Root cause analysis would be applied to aspects of non conformance and extension of this concept to all areas would be pursued.  The programme of audit of work completed was identified and measures in place to engender ongoing improvements in safety systems presented.

4.3 UK Coal

Mr Hoult presented the UK Coal objectives for improvements in personal injury/accident rates and delivered the strategy to be implemented to achieve this through accountability, leadership, skills and improved standards and processes.

He noted the programme of training of existing personnel carried out and the standardisation of processes and instructions to support this.

The 2012 plan, with further work addressing, inter alia, safety observations, risk assessment, near-hit recording, leadership safety talks, senior safety meetings, training for safety, critical safety reviews and incident investigation was illustrated. 

Mr Hoult noted, in particular, the review of operating standards to be undertaken and the progress of the major hazard review and "fit for work" initiative.

He drew attention to work developing performance indicators for major hazards and improvements arising from work to encourage environmental, cultural and behavioural changes throughout the work force.

Mr Hoult reported that TU had been asked to support, and had been involved in, these processes.

4.4 Hargreaves

Mr Wilson presented the Maltby Safety Strategy Charter, which once finalised would also apply to Hatfield. 

He drew attention to the strategic objectives, leadership, competence, involvement and avoiding catastrophe (major hazard) and noted the roles of individuals setting the strategic direction within the organisation.  He identified the programmes of training and refresher training to be given to all staff, including health and safety, and that the entire workforce would have a formal safety qualification and be trained in methods of risk assessment.

Enhanced communication methods, the near-miss reporting system and audit processes carried out were also identified.  It was intended that the document would be finalised by the Maltby safety committee at the end of January 2012 with all members affirming their commitment by endorsing the Charter.

Roles within the safety committee, given the recently extended role of key members, were questioned and Mr Wilson said the status quo would be maintained at present.

4.5 British Gypsum

Dr Holmes presented the British Gypsum Mines Safety Strategy 2012 including the major hazard plan, competence, corporate targets, safety matrix and business risk. He noted that targets were yet to be set with individual sites,

Dr Holmes reported that ground control hazards and mobile plant operations would be addressed initially with identification of safety critical tasks and competence then being undertaken to ensure adequate knowledge and understanding was in place.  This exercise would be ratified by a programme of auditing. 

The Emergency Planning exercise, including smoke machine scenarios and mock emergency scenarios was identified together with the general safety key performance indicators developed and the corporate safety improvement activities.

5. MISLG – one year on

Dr Holmes reviewed progress of the group and delivered the combined list of major hazards noting that fire, ground control and mine inrushes and mobile plant were amongst the highest priorities to be considered by industry.

The MAUK "competence assessment in underground mines" document, previously tabled, was considered and endorsed by the group.

The 8 aims of the HSE-led publication "Mine Sector Strategy Health and Safety Strategy 2011-2013" were reviewed for continued relevance and progress to date with those addressed by the group noted.

Mrs Mackenzie updated progress with the mining legislation review and red-tape challenge exercise and drew attention to work carried out within HMIM to date.  It was anticipated that the MISLG would be actively involved in any future review of mining legislation, which would commence following the outcomes of the Loftsted Review shortly to be published.

Terms of reference for the group were reconsidered and maintained.  Details of the role and remit of the group would be presented to the 2012 Safety Symposium.

The working groups associated with MISLG were considered; a chairman's report from the groups outlining their activities would be requested for the next meeting to identify the links with the strategy and influence the future strategic direction of the individual working groups, and formation of future working groups and committees.  This information would be sent to the chairman prior to the next meeting.

Action:  Mr Hill

6. Future chairmanship of MISLG

Appointment of a new chairman for the group was discussed; it was recognised that annually rotating chairmanship was not currently viable.  Following consideration, it was agreed that the level of chair should be owners' representative and accordingly Mr P Baines, CPL, agreed to chair the group until 2013.

7. Any other business

7.1 Web page

Dr Holmes reported that IOM3 had offered free space on their website for publication of information emanating from the group.

7.2 Bow tie presentation

Mr Foster, CSM, had offered to present details of the "bow tie" concept major hazard management tool.  The Engineering Liaison Committee was thought to be the most appropriate forum to receive this information.

8. Date, place and time of next meeting

Tuesday 24 January 2012 - UK Coal Harworth Park

9. Close

Mrs Mackenzie drew attention to the progress of the group during the past year and commended members' commitment.

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