July 1: Changes to Mining Regulation to Take Effect


Amendments to various provisions of Regulation 854 (Mines and Mining Plants) under the OHS Act were approved. Most of the amendments will take effect July 1, 2016; new requirements relating to risk assessments, water management, traffic management and ground control will take effect on Jan. 1, 2017 to give stakeholders time to comply. The amendments:

  • Set new requirements for mines and mining plants to conduct risk assessments and have formal traffic management programs
  • Strengthen existing requirements regarding water management
  • Enhance and clarify requirements regarding conveyors
  • Update training requirements for surface diamond drill operations to reflect changes to the modular training program
  • Change several miscellaneous provisions to update terminology and certain industry standards, clarify certain requirements and revoke sections that are no longer necessary.