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Part E: Local Development, Labour, Health and Safety - 42. Occupational Health and Safety | 42.4 On-Site Regulations

In addition to the overall requirement to comply with health and safety provisions in the mining code or other laws and regulations, license holders should be required, either by law or contract, to develop and enforce onsite health and safety regulations to govern company operations in conformity with national legislation and regulations on this matter. These provisions may also specify which government officials and regulatory bodies will ensure that license holders are in compliance, as well as a system of periodic review to ensure on-site regulations are up to date with current health and safety best practices.

42.4 Example:

Article [_] Obligation to Draw up Workplace Regulations.

All holders of mining rights shall be obliged to observe the highest standards of hygiene and occupational safety as established by the [Regulating Authority], in collaboration with the [other relevant Regulating Authorities including health, labour and environment]. In this regard, mine and quarry operations shall be further obliged to draw up and enforce Regulations in accordance with such standards to ensure the hygiene and safety of their workers, plants and inventories

Article [_] Approval of Regulations.

The texts of any and all such hygiene and occupational safety regulations shall be submitted to the [Regulating Authority] for prior review and subsequent approval. Once approved, copies thereof shall be posted in the most visible locations for workers within plants, Operation and other work sites.

Annotation

Drawn from Liberia’s mining law (2000), this provision not only requires the right holder to draw up the workplace rules in accordance with standards issues by the relevant regulating entities but also obligates a prior review of such rules by the regulating entity for approval. Further, the rules must be made visible to the workers.