Join us at MEMO 2019, a professional development opportunity bringing together mining experts to discuss the latest innovations and technologies. “Defining Our Future”, the theme for this year’s conference, allows us to plan for a better future by learning from the past. We’re looking forward to contributing to this important knowledge share through these technical presentations:
Managing Occupational Hygiene Hazards on Mine Sites
Speaker: Courtney Gendron
Tuesday, October 22 ç10:30 am – 10:55 am
An increased focus is being placed on the health aspect of health and safety, and mining companies are actively looking to minimize worker exposures to hazardous environments at their sites. Occupational health and hygiene (OH&H) practices are important for minimizing these exposures. Many sites face the challenge of competing interests between local regulatory requirements and corporate requirements, as mining companies often have operations in different jurisdictions. This presentation will introduce an effective approach for managing OH&H practices, including conducting a baseline gap assessment, at the site level. Six key OH&H program elements will be considered as well as best practice criteria for each element. Common themes and gaps in OH&H practices will be discussed, as well as the path forward for continuous improvement.
An Integrated Approach to Air Quality Management Planning at Mine Sites
Speaker: Jeffrey Ramkellawan & Rachel Wyles
Monday, October 21 ç 2:45 pm – 3:10 pm
Fugitive dust generation at mine sites can result in challenges including nuisance dust, ecosystem and human health and local air quality changes. The challenges can be significant given the long-term nature of many mining projects and the complexities of operations different.
An Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) provides a systematic framework to plan, implement and monitor tasks to achieve a specified outcome and drive continual improvement in air quality management at a mine.
Golder’s integrated approach to developing an air quality management plan adopts the International Standards Organization (ISO) 14001 Environmental Management System approach and integrates the Trigger, Action Response approach to provide a robust plan for managing site-wide air and dust emissions at mine sites.
This integrated approach was applied at a mine site in northern B.C., which will be presented as a case study. The presentation will focus on the integrated approach when combined with the practical implications of mine operations to ensure the plan could be implemented and adopted by mine operations. This case study highlights lessons learned which include incorporating regulatory requests (mine, environment and health) into the Plan, clearly defining the magnitude (i.e. low, medium and high) of air quality events, developing site wide air quality reporting protocols and identifying follow-up actions (e.g. controls) based on triggers. The integrated AQMP approach highlights air quality management as an evergreen plan, evolving as onsite activities and site conditions change.
A detailed schedule is available on http://memo2019.cim.org/2019/home/