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New ground control guidelines for Western Australia

new ground control guidelines for western australia

New ground control guidelines have been released by the DMIRS and the WA Mining Industry Advisory Committee.

‘Ground control management in Western Australian mining operations’ has been structured to support a risk the management approach for geotechnical hazards in accordance with the Western Australian Act and regulations.

The new guideline covers the development, implementation and maintenance of a ground control management plan (GCMP) and related safe systems of work to achieve the consistent and appropriate management of geotechnical hazards.

The GCMP and corresponding safe systems of work should form part of the mine-wide safety management system.

The new guideline aligns with the existing WA – code of practice and provides more detail about control measures that can be taken to eliminate or mitigate hazards associated with unplanned ground movement.

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What do the new Western Australian Ground Control Guidelines cover?

managing ground control through the development and use of the GCMP, a safe design incorporating well-integrated
geotechnical modelling, design processes and concepts, and strategy documentation, correct design implementation, and ongoing performance monitoring, review and updating of ground control strategies throughout the life of the mine, including the use of trigger action response plans (TARPs), communication, training and supervision relevant to all tasks associated with ground control and emergency response planning.

You can download the new Guidelines here

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AMSJ April 2022