The Asia Miner

JAN-FEB 2018

The ASIA Miner - Reporting Important Issues to Mining Companies in the Asia Pacific Region

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Volume 15 • Issue 1 | 2018 | ASIA Miner | 5 MINING has definitely been made safer over the years, but mines are still among the most hazardous places to work. The caus- es can be numerous, from explosive dust and toxic gases to collapse of mine shafts, and consequences severe, with thousands of fatalities each year. When an incident occurs – and due to many factors being at play, a wide range of accidents can pccur – it can be hard to un- derstand precisely what's happened. A key step in preventing accidents is to classify them by type and by cause. This is where ISO 19434 comes in. It has been developed by the ISO Technical Committee on Mining. Convenor of the committee's working group on classification of mine ac- cidents, Seyed Reza Hosseini, explains that the standard represents a new direction for their work. "Until now ISO mining standards mostly looked at safety features for machinery. ISO 19434 looks at the accidents themselves, giving each accident a code that indicates its causes and consequences." With the entire industry working to further improve the safety of their operations, there are clear advantages of a unified system to understand the main types of accidents. Using the classification given in ISO New standard for mining safety A new standard has been developed to classify mine accidents by type and cause. THE Chamber of Mines of the Philippines has adopted a sustain- able mining model developed by the Mining Association of Canada (MAC). Adoption of Toward Sustainable Mining (TSM) is in response to President Rodrigo Duterte's call to the industry to be more re- sponsible in doing business. "There is so much that minerals' development done responsibly can contribute to the economy of a nation and to the welfare of mining communities, as shown by numerous examples in the Phil- ippines," Chamber Chairman and Nickel Asia Corp CEO Gerard Brimo said. "The adoption of TSM by members of the Chamber of Mines is intended to institutionalise practices that secure these contributions for the long term." The adoption is contained in a Mutual Cooperation and Licensing Agreement with MAC for implementation of the TSM initiative. During a signing ceremony, MAC president and CEO Pierre Grat- ton lauded the chamber for its decision to partner with the Canadian association and adopt its sustainable-mining model. "It is our privilege to share our tools and expertise in sustainable mining practices with the world. With the Philippines's adoption of TSM, we're proud to say that our made-in-Canada program is now in five countries on five continents. We applaud the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines for taking this important step forward as it works to enhance its industry's environmental and social perfor- mance." As well as Canada and the Philippines, national mining associ- ations in Finland, Argentina and Botswana are also implementing TSM. Launched by MAC in 2004, the implementation of TSM is man- datory for all Canadian operations of MAC members, but many vol- untarily apply it to their international sites, according to Chamber executive director Ronald Recidoro. TSM requires mining companies to annually assess their facilities' performance in key areas, including tailings management, commu- nity outreach, safety and health, biodiversity conservation, crisis management, energy use and greenhouse-gas emissions man- agement. While the chamber will tailor its performance areas so that they reflect the unique aspects of its domestic mining sector, they will strongly align with those of Canada's. A second agreement is The Baguio Declaration, or a Commitment to Responsible Minerals Development in the Philippines. Ronald Recidoro said this would be signed by all existing operating mines. This affirms the miners' commitment to responsible mining and is in response to a challenge issued by environment secretary Roy Cimatu. Philippines adopts sustainable mining model 19434, one can identify whether accidents have occurred due to human error or other causes. It gives a shared understanding on key issues. Seyed Reza Hosseini points out that "This International Standard defines not only the main types of accidents but, importantly, provides information about the nature of any injuries that have occurred, defining their location and to what degree personnel are affected." With the publication of ISO 19434, a long-standing need has been addressed for a comprehensive mine accidents clas- sification system that could present a stan- dard scheme for all factors associated with the accidents. This will enable full analysis based on both software systems and man- ual assessment. By presenting a common, understand- able language for communication between all parts involved in safety, health and envi- ronment issues in mines, the hope is that working conditions can continue to improve across all operations in the mining sector.

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