The database contains summaries of the latest updates and guidance on key health and safety issues from organisations such as the MPA; the HSE, including the QNJAC and the Quarries Partnership Team on dust and silica; UEPG (European Aggregates Association); NePSi - representing the EU Silica Social Dialogue Agreement; etc.

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12 Guidance Article(s) returned

Title/Short DescriptionSourceSubjectDate 
Leading indicators of occupational safety and health for the UK Quarrying Industry

The guidance has been developed for the industry as part of improvement output from the Quarries National Joint Advisory Committee (QNJAC), with input from senior company OH&S managers, trade union and workforce representation. It considers a number of aspects of work where good performance in day-to-day operations should result in improved performance in trailing indicators such as accident rates. (Issued January 2018)

QNJACLeadership and workforce engagement17/04/2018
Quarry Operator and Contractor Code of Conduct

Guidance in support of the Quarry Operator/Contractor Code of Conduct

The Contractors Code of Conduct states:

It is the duty of the contractor to demonstrate to the quarry operator that sufficiently competent persons supported by appropriate site based competency checks are provided. It is strongly recommended that contractors maintain a valid safety passport to underpin hazard awareness knowledge. 

Please read the the information sheet to learn more.

QNJAC have also created a toolbox talk that  is accessible via the Safequarry and QNJAC websites.. 

QNJACCompetence and Training27/11/2017
Quarry Design – Version 1 – September 2017

Guidance Note on Quarry design in relation to excavations and tips (QNJAC Geotechnical Face & Stockpile Operations Subcommittee)

The requirement for “design” forms a central tenet of the Quarry Regulations 19991 (The term design is used more than 60 times in the Approved Code of Practice). This document summarises the key legislation in relation to quarry design.

The guidance recognises that the nature of quarry design may be profoundly different from site to site. However, the guidance outlines the three principal steps to design; Pre- Commencement, During Construction and On Completion. It highlights the subdivisions within these stages. The process and the various elements contributing to the design should be clearly laid out in the Health and Safety documentation. Good practice would ensure a named individual is responsible for the maintenance of the design

QNJACGeotechnical, Faces & Stockpiles24/11/2017
Bridge Saw Guarding

This guidance focuses on the need to complete a thorough risk assessment covering all aspects of the machine and its use. The risk assessment process for machinery will need to consider a wide range of hazards and also relate to a range of standards and legal requirements. One of the key aspects of machinery is to consider the danger of moving parts and to guard these dangerous parts.

So what should be the methodology for risk assessment of machinery? What standards and legal requirements are relevant? What should be the approach for guarding machinery?

The guidance within only offers an opinion on the current available control measures used in other parts of the industry to guard against the physical hazards associated with the moving parts of the machine. Through the risk assessment process it will be the responsibility of the company to select the appropriate guarding specific to their operation whilst considering the hierarchy of control found Regulation 11 (2) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) and referenced in section 18 of this document.

While the focus of this document is on Bridge Saws, the same principles can be applied to other machinery used for working natural and reconstituted architectural stone such as edge polishers and milling machines.

Safe working with precast products updated

This guidance note provides advice on minimising the risk to health from exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) when working with precast concrete products. Please review and share with you colleagues.

British Precastdust03/04/2017
A guide to pedestrian safety in quarries and surface mining

This guide highlights the steps one needs to take to separate pedestrians form mobile plant and other traffic.

QNJACPedestrian safety28/11/2016
Quarry vehicle safety

HSENI has produced a booklet that identifies ways to minimise the risks associated with the operation of vehicles in quarries. Activities such as loading, travelling on haul roads, reversing operations, tipping operations, vehicle / pedestrian interface and sharing roadways with outside contractor’s vehicles are potentially hazardous if not managed to mitigate risk. The booklet reviews issues such as brake testing, all-round visibility, the provision of adequate edge protection, the maintenance of the surface of the haul roads and the gradient of the haul roads. Please read and share with others.

Point of delivery check sheet

QNJAC has produced an easy to use reference guide for delivery drivers. The checklist identifies various conditions on-site that enable the driver to classify the delivery site as red, amber or green, it also provides guidance on what steps a driver should then take.

Version 2 – February 2016

QNJAC 15/08/2016
Welfare facilities for contractors - Toolbox Talk

If we are to build true partnerships in the quarry operator/contractor relationship we must start treating contractors in exactly the same way as direct employees. Sites should provide access to clean, adequate welfare facilities for contractors whilst on site with a focus on establishing a consistent standard. See latest Toolbox on contractor welfare.

QNJAC 09/08/2016
Welfare facilities for contractors - Guidance

If we are to build true partnerships in the quarry operator/contractor relationship we must start treating contractors in exactly the same way as direct employees. Sites should provide access to clean, adequate welfare facilities for contractors whilst on site with a focus on establishing a consistent standard. See latest guidance on contractor welfare.

QNJAC 09/08/2016
Maintaining standards as a contractor - Guidance

This guidance summarises the documentation and other  information that a contractor should make available to the Site Operator to demonstrate that his organisation and employees are consistently working to maintain and improve the standards required to work safely within a quarrying environment.

QNJAC 09/08/2016
Maintaining standards as a contractor - Toolbox Talk

The purpose of this toolbox talk is to highlight good practices to be adopted to ensure that high standards of safety and health are implemented and maintained throughout the quarrying industry.

QNJAC 09/08/2016
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