1.2 Structure

The Hazardous materials management handbook has six sections:

  • Principles has a particular focus on definitions, identifies sources of relevant Australian legislation and introduces the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) for defining hazardous chemicals.
  • Materials of concern discusses many hazardous materials that may be encountered during mining (such as arsenic, lead, silica and more), materials imported to the site (such as processing chemicals), and substances and mining wastes that are generated during mining and processing.
  • Explosives provides information on the codes covering explosives, including best practice during transport.
  • Transportation of hazardous materials summarises legislation, particularly the revised marine transport codes affecting the shipping of mineral cargoes.
  • Managing risk details actions required by legislation covering occupational health and safety (OHS) and the handling and storage of dangerous goods.
  • Performance management presents information about techniques such as monitoring, reporting and auditing.

There are 17 handbooks in this series. Some discuss the management of hazardous substances, including the handbooks on:

  • tailings management
  • cyanide management
  • preventing acid and metalliferous drainage.

The following handbooks deal with general principles of handling and managing hazardous materials:

  • Mine closure
  • Water stewardship
  • Evaluating performance: monitoring and auditing
  • Risk management.

While the primary consideration of hazardous materials management is worker health and safety, this handbook recognises the potential for impacts during mining and mineral processing on the natural environment and communities. All these impacts need to be identified, assessed and controlled to minimise and prevent adverse effects during the mine life cycle.

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