Health and safety are fundamental cornerstones of mineral exploration and development. AME is committed to promoting sound and responsible business practices that ensure everyone’s right to a healthy and safe workplace. The promotion of safe working practices is the responsibility of all workers, management, and contractors. Since 1980, AME has provided leadership in providing tools and guidelines for a safe day, every day.
Tools & Resources
- Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia – sets out regulatory requirements for exploration programs. Obtain hard copies from your regional mines inspector
or visit http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/mineral-exploration-mining/health-safety/health-safety-and-reclamation-code-for-mines-in-british-columbia.
- Chief Inspector Directive regarding Hours of Work – regulatory variance allowing for flexibility in scheduling work week for coal and mineral exploration in British Columbia
- AME Workshops
AME holds annual exploration safety workshops. Introduction to Exploration Safety was last held in March 2017 and Exploration Safety for Management was last held in April 2017 through the AME Education Series.
- Safety Guidelines for Mineral Exploration in Western Canada
- e3 Plus Health & Safety in Exploration Toolkit developed by the Health & Safety Committee of PDAC
Detailed information that expands upon what the Safety Guidelines cover.
- Helicopter Slinging Training (Direct link)
A joint initiative by AME and PDAC.
- Helicopter Slinging Training (Downloadable files)
Have descriptive sentence begin with: Slinging training is available in English (En) and Spanish (Es). Note that downloaded files will will need to be extracted into a new folder; then click on the Launch_Story.exe or Story.html file within the new folder to begin.
- Handbook for Mineral and Coal Exploration in British Columbia – a working field guide issued by AME in collaboration with the Mining Association of British Columbia and the Province of British Columbia
Other Excellent Resources
- Staying Safe in Bear Country
shows the latest, most up-to-date advice regarding bear encounters. Order from www.kodiakcanada.com.
- Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht
a.k.a. Professor Popsicle, Canada’s foremost expert on hypothermia. Watch videos from links at www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/kinrec/research/people/giesbrecht.html.
Environmental Guiding Principles
The Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME) recognizes that for present and future generations environmental stewardship is a fundamental cornerstone of a safe, modern, and sustainable mineral exploration and mining sector.
As such, in conducting their activities, AME members should strive to:
- Communicate these guiding principles and our collective commitment to respect and care for the environment to our members, communities of interest, Aboriginal peoples, relevant regulatory agencies, and international stakeholders.
- Ethically manage their activities to comply with applicable permits, laws, and regulations. In the absence of specific regulations, members should adopt B.C.’s best management practices to prevent or reduce environmental impacts and to promote sustainable development initiatives.
- Efficiently manage energy, resources, and materials and prevent pollution of the air, land, and water by implementing scientifically proven and economically feasible technologies during all phases of the mineral exploration and mining cycle.
- Balance economic, social, and environmental considerations. Help protect vulnerable habitats and species when feasible. Respect legally designated protected areas.
- Conduct initial and periodic assessments, baseline studies, and environmental assessments in an effective, efficient, and transparent manner.
- Wherever possible, incorporate local or traditional knowledge and practice into baseline studies and the management of environmental issues. Be respectful of the nature of such information and maintain confidentiality as and when requested to do so.
- Use environmental protection plans or management systems that ensure identification of environmental impacts, effective implementation of mitigation, follow-up monitoring, emergency planning and response, auditing, reporting, and continual improvement in all areas.
- Use a management and reporting structure that allocates appropriate resources to meet environmental obligations during all phases of the mineral exploration and mining cycle.
- Support efforts to remediate and mitigate historical mineral exploration impacts. Use a science-based approach in cooperation with relevant regulatory agencies, communities of interest, and Aboriginal peoples.
- Try to reuse and recycle products and materials used in all phases of the mineral exploration and mining cycle.
- Continuously seek opportunities to improve environmental performance and regularly report progress to our members, communities of interest, Aboriginal peoples, relevant regulatory agencies, and international stakeholders.
Health & Safety Guiding Principles
The Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME) recognizes that health and safety are fundamental cornerstones of the mineral exploration and mining sector. In pursuit of preventing incidents among its members, AME encourages the promotion of sound and responsible business practices to ensure everyone’s right to a healthy and safe workplace.
As such, in conducting their activities, AME members should strive to:
- Communicate these guiding principles about health and safety to our members, communities of interest, aboriginal peoples, relevant regulatory agencies and international stakeholders.
- Manage their activities to ensure accountability and compliance with applicable permits, laws and regulations. In the absence of regulation, best management practices will be applied to reduce health and safety risks.
- Implement health and safety codes of practice, policies, programs, guidelines and procedures established jointly by industry and government to ensure identification of health and safety risks and the implementation of reasonable mitigation, monitoring, emergency planning, transparent auditing and reporting.
- Identify and manage health and safety hazards and risks during all phases of the mineral exploration and mining cycle and will actively encourage all employees to consider their own safety as well as the safety of others.
- Allocate the appropriate resources to meet health and safety goals and will support and conduct appropriate research to improve health and safety performance.
- Actively investigate health and safety incidents to ensure that the rights of the employer and the rights of the employee are upheld in the pursuit of zero incidents occurring in the workplace.
- Continuously seek opportunities to improve health and safety performance through adherence to these principles and will regularly report progress to other members, communities of interest, aboriginal peoples, relevant regulatory agencies and international stakeholders.
- Support the joint AME-PDAC Canadian Mineral Exploration Health and Safety Award program to recognize commitment, innovation and leadership in the industry.