Health and safety are fundamental cornerstones of mineral exploration and development. Since 1980, AME has provided leadership in providing tools and guidelines for a safe day, every day.
AME partners with the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada and Canadian Diamond Drilling Association on the Canadian Mineral Exploration Environment, Health and Safety Survey.
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.Read More
As such, in conducting their activities, AME members should strive to:
- Implement appropriately-scaled health and safety codes of practice, policies, audits, programs, guidelines and procedures.
- Encourage a culture of safety and risk awareness by facilitating regular, open and honest dialogue on safety at all meetings with staff, contractors, directors and in communities.
- Comply with all applicable permits, laws and regulations at a minimum. Wherever possible, and in the absence of regulation, use leading management practices to prevent or reduce health and safety risks.
- Encourage the reporting of all unsafe work conditions, near misses, and accidents and adhere to the worker’s right to refuse unsafe work.
- Document, investigate and report health and safety incidents and do so in a manner that ensures the rights of the employee and employer are upheld.
- Allocate the appropriate financial resources, personnel, training and expertise toward health and safety during all phases of mineral exploration and development.
- Seek opportunities for continuous improvement and innovation of health and safety performance.
Tools & Resources
- Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia – sets out regulatory requirements for exploration programs. Obtain hard copies from AME or your regional mines inspector.
- 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.
- 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)
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.
- Operational Risk Management (Direct link). Downloadable files.
- 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.