4.1 Overview of leading practice monitoring procedures

This section describes what are generally accepted as leading practice monitoring procedures. Inevitably, there is some overlap between what is regarded as routine monitoring and more ‘cutting edge’ procedures. However, mining companies identified for their leading practice inevitably fulfil their routine monitoring commitments as required, on time and to the highest practicable levels of quality control, and treat even routine monitoring as an opportunity for learning and achieving continuous improvement.

All procedures described in this chapter are believed to be practicable and cost-effective in the situations in which they have been applied. Further details are in Appendix 2 and the leading practice handbooks Preventing acid and metalliferous drainage (DIIS 2016d), Mine closure (DIIS 2016e), Biodiversity management (DIIS 2016f) and Mine rehabilitation (DIIS 2016g).

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