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Basis for code of practice
This code of practice is issued by Resources Safety under the
Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994
, with the endorsement of the Mining Industry Advisory Committee (MIAC) andapproval from the Minister for Mines and Petroleum. A code of practice is a practical guide to achieving the standards of occupational safety andhealth required under legislation. It applies to anyone who has a duty of care in thecircumstances described in the code. In most cases, following a code of practice wouldachieve compliance with the duties in the legislation in relation to the subject matter of thecode. However, like regulations, codes of practice deal with particular issues and do notcover all hazards or risks that may arise. Duty holders need to consider all risks associatedwith work, not only those for which regulations and codes of practice exist.Codes of practice are admissible in court proceedings. Courts may regard a code of practiceas evidence of what is known about a hazard, risk or control and may rely on the code indetermining what is reasonably practicable in the circumstances to which the code relates.Compliance with the legislation may be achieved by following another method, such as atechnical or an industry standard, if it provides an equivalent or higher standard of workhealth and safety than the code. An inspector may refer to an approved code of practice when issuing an improvement or prohibition notice.
Scope and application
This code is a practical guide to assist those involved in designing, constructing, operatingand decommissioning tailings storage facilities (TSFs) to meet their legislative obligations.Tailing storage facilities are reservoirs that store mine tailings, which is fine-grained wastematerial in suspension that is discharged from an ore processing plant or coal preparationplant. A TSF includes associated starter dams, erosion protection bunds, levee banks,diversion channels, and seepage collection trenches, pits, dams and ponds.This code does not apply to waste dumps, heap or vat leaching facilities, or undergroundmine fill.
Who should use this code?
You should use this code if you have functions and responsibilities for designing,constructing, operating, managing or rehabilitating TSFs. The code may also be used bysupervisors, TSF personnel, and safety and health representatives who need to understandthe hazards associated with constructing and operating TSFs.