AGGREGATE & QUARRY ASSOCIATION
ARE YOU A QUARRY?
There are many instances across New Zealand where companies are engaged in activities that fall under the definition of Quarry Operations as defined in the 16 December 2013 amendment to the Act. Those operations that fall under these regulations are subject to a number of codes, guidelines and regulations that companies need to be aware of and to follow.
HOW TO BECOME A QUARRY OPERATOR
SAFETY ON SITE
HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES
- Workplace exposure standards and biological exposure indices 2020 – WorkSafe guidelines intended to be used as guidelines for people qualified in occupational health practice.
- Review December 2019 of all fatal accidents in Queensland mines and quarries from 2000 to 2019 – Dr Sean Brady.
- The potential for worker exposure to crystalline silica is widespread within mining and quarrying. Very fine Respirable crystalline silica (RCS) is particularly harmful to workers. It can be generated during drilling, blasting, crushing, cutting and transporting. The attached document is helpful information prepared by Dr Mary Obele, Occupational and Environmental Physician, and a GP. You can also find this and other guidelines on the MinEx website.
- The Good Practice Guidelines provide the first health and safety document specifically for the quarrying and surface mining sector. The Good Practice Guidelines were developed by WorkSafe and reviewed by an industry team, including representatives from all sectors of the mining and quarrying industry with a mix of small and large operations to ensure the best technical and operational knowledge input into the guidelines. It provides guidance through text, photos and graphics on all aspects of operating safely.
- There is a Pocket Guide alternative to the full 262 page Guidelines. You can request copies from WorkSafe Copies of the Good Practice Guide and Pocketbooks available on request from WorkSafe – 0800 030 040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ABOUT QUARRYING IN NEW ZEALAND
Aggregates are the most consumed bulk product in the world after water. New Zealand uses 9-10 tonnes of aggregate every year for each adult and child.
To build an average house, you need about 250 tonnes of aggregate - for use in concrete, asphalt, mortar and building products.
The quarry industry is committed to working alongside local communities and follows stringent planning, environmental and operating conditions.