WorkSafe’s Extractives unit ensures regulatory compliance across the mining, tunnelling and quarrying sectors. There are approximately 1,300 operational extractives sites throughout the country and we have specialist extractives inspectors located in Dunedin, Greymouth, Christchurch, Hamilton, Gisborne, Tauranga and Auckland.
Unit team members as well as having specific regulator training as Inspectors also have a variety of extractives-specific skills and experience. A major element of the unit’s work is undertaking in-depth hazards identification and mitigation analysis. This is often achieved by undertaking a “dive deep” evaluation of an extractive site’s principal hazard management systems. The team have a number of more detailed assessment and inspection tools that are often used in conjunction with more traditional general Work Place Inspections
The Extractives team operates within a range of legislative and regulatory frameworks, the main ones are the:
· Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
· Health and Safety at Work (General Risk and Workplace Management) Regulations 2016;
· and the Health and Safety at Work (Mining Operations and Quarrying Operations) Regulations 2016.
The Mining Operations and Quarrying Operations Regulations 2016 require operators to notify the regulator of certain activities and events. The Extractives team is required to monitor and in some instances respond to these notifications. There are 17 types of notification required, some of which Inspectors will need to respond to by visiting the site or by reviewing material supplied by the operator.
New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners
The New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners secretariat is part of the Extractives Unit. It supports the Board, and provides advice and information to industry on Certificates of Competence and Continuing Professional Development.