QNJAC Guidance



The Quarries National Joint Advisory Committee (QNJAC)  is a tripartite body comprising quarrying and extractive industry representatives of employers; employees; the government regulator (Health & Safety Executive, HSE); professional membership bodies; and industry training/educational organizations. 

The purpose of the QNJAC is to debate and develop health and safety policies and implementation strategies.  See Target Zero Vision Statement

The ‘engine room’ of the QNJAC comprises a series of Sub-Committees which focus on particular subject areas or projects, as required.  Approved QNJAC output is principally in the form of Guidance documents which, when confirmed by HSE’s Publications Governance Group,  are published on this website.

To access the QNJAC Guidance easily, the papers are located according to their originating Sub-Committees. Please click on the buttons on the right hand column or click all to view the full range of guidance available.


To view the guidance on the management of dust and silica produced by the Quarries Partnership Team (QPT)  please click  DUST & SILICA 

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12 QNJAC Article(s) returned
Title/Short DescriptionSubjectDate 
Fatal 6 - Site energy isolation self audit - QNJAC - July 2019

The purpose of this document is to provide a structured framework to enable organisations to carry out self-audits of isolation procedures to prove their effectiveness as well as identifying weaknesses in the system that could lead to serious injury or loss of life. It is can be used and adapted by any organisation operating machinery that needs to be isolated from sources of power, typically for maintenance purposes.

Plant – fixed and mobile05/07/2019
Articlated Dump Trucks (ADTs) - Guidance Note - Issue 1 - June 2018

QNJAC Guidance on the safe operation of articulated dump trucks (ADTs) in quarries and surface mining operations.

This guidance is intended for sites where ADTs are in use, including quarries and opencast mines with the aim of reducing or eliminating the risk of body and cab overturns. It uses examples of good practice provided by UK quarry and coal mine operators together with input from specialist earthmoving contractors and manufacturers of ADT vehicles. This guidance will also be relevant to construction/civil engineering projects where ADTs are used in earth moving

Plant – fixed and mobile03/09/2018
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)

Leadership 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.. 

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

Geotechnical, Faces & Stockpiles24/11/2017
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.

Plant – fixed and mobile28/11/2016
Statement of Commitment – QPT/QNJAC Dust – Quarries Good Housekeeping Initiative

Company Directors or similar responsible people are requested to sign the Statement of Commitment to demonstrate that their organisation is committed to improving on-site housekeeping practices to prevent or reduce settled dust.

Please email your signed statement to the Quarries Partnership Manager c/o dave.arden@hse.gov.uk  Signed statements will be retained for information purposes only.

Please remember to retain a copy for your records.


Occupational Health24/11/2016
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.

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.

Contractor performance review - Guidance

The purpose of this document is to enable Quarry Operators to assess the performance of contractors (including sub-contractors) that are engaged in activities that fall under the scope of the current Quarries Regulations.

The information will be used to assist the Quarry Operator to monitor performance and where areas that are below the level of what is expected, implement the appropriate action to ensure continual improvement.

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.

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.

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