New Underground Mining Regulations Approved

first_img The province has approved new regulations governing undergroundmining. The regulations define the duties and responsibilitiesfor employers and employees of underground mines. They establishtraining requirements and qualifications for mine workers and thetechnical specifications for safe mine operation. “The new regulations will make Nova Scotia’s mines safer placesto work,” said Kerry Morash, Minister of Environment and Labour. An industry-based committee was consulted extensively duringdevelopment of the regulations, which replace two out-of-datestatutes. The new regulations apply to underground mines of alltypes and come into force on Nov. 8. Currently, the Canada Salt Company mine in Pugwash is the onlyoperating underground mine in Nova Scotia. The approval of the regulations continues the province’simplementation of changes to workplace safety management. Many ofthe new regulations were suggested by the report from the WestrayMine Public Inquiry. ENVIRONMENT AND LABOUR–New Underground Mining RegulationsApprovedlast_img