In August 2022 changes was introduced to the health and safety regulations for mining and quarrying.
These changes will be implemented gradually over 2022 to 2024.

Key changes:

  • Quarry operators will now require a documented system to manage health and safety on site.
  • The principal hazard definition has been clarified. Large quarry operations that have principal hazards will require PHMPs.
  • There are two new terms to be aware of – A-grade quarry operation and B-grade quarry operation. This is to reflect the differentiated risk management for quarry operations determined by the number of quarry workers.
  • There will be a need for a new role – an Alluvial Mine Manager COC, this role is currently part of the Quarry Manager COC.
  • There is a new requirement for quarries to notify incidents under MOQO Regulations Schedule 5 and report quarterly to WorkSafe under Schedule 8.

B Grade Tunnel Manager certificates are valid for five years and issued by the New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners (BoE).   As a B Grade Tunnel Manager, you are expected to interpret and implement operational plans in compliance with legislation and workplace policies and procedures while having a broad operational and theoretical knowledge.  Hold knowledge of health and safety legislation, coordinate and apply risk assessment procedures with workplace health and safety procedures. Have the ability to implement processes and procedures for emergencies and provide face-to-face leadership and guidance when organising activities holding some responsibility for the performance and safety of your team.