QNJAC Guidance

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WHAT IS THE “QNJAC”?

The Quarries National Joint Advisory Committee (QNJAC)  is a tripartite body comprising quarrying and extractive industry representatives of employers; employees; the government regulator (Health & Safety Executive, HSE); professional membership bodies; and industry training/educational organizations. 

The purpose of the QNJAC is to debate and develop health and safety policies and implementation strategies.  See Target Zero Vision Statement

The ‘engine room’ of the QNJAC comprises a series of Sub-Committees which focus on particular subject areas or projects, as required.  Approved QNJAC output is principally in the form of Guidance documents which, when confirmed by HSE’s Publications Governance Group,  are published on this website.

To access the QNJAC Guidance easily, the papers are located according to their originating Sub-Committees. Please click on the buttons on the right hand column or click all to view the full range of guidance available.

GUIDANCE ON DUST AND SILICA

To view the guidance on the management of dust and silica produced by the Quarries Partnership Team (QPT)  please click  DUST & SILICA 

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12 QNJAC Article(s) returned
Title/Short DescriptionSubjectDate 
Quarries Regulation 1999 - Regulation 32 - Appraisal of excavations and tips

Appraisals conducted in accordance with Regulation 32 are a vital part of the safe systems of work and are mandatory under the law. However, the process is often misunderstood and compliance is often poor. This guidance is intended to provide some clarity on the process of Regulation 32 Appraisals.

In addition to reviewing this document, please also see Geotechnical sel-audit form.that has been produced by QNJAC

Geotechnical, Faces & Stockpiles23/08/2021
Geotechnical self-audit form

This self-audit has been produced by a working group of QNJAC which comprises industry experts from varied backgrounds, the Trade Unions and HSE.

The purpose of this document is to provide a structured framework to enable organisations to carry out self-audits of geotechnical procedures to prove their effectiveness as well as identifying weaknesses in the systems on site that could lead to serious injury or loss of life. It can be used and adapted by any organisation that creates excavations and tips for the purposes of extraction and quarrying and where the requirements of the Quarries Regulations 1999 apply.

Geotechnical, Faces & Stockpiles23/08/2021
Updated Guidance for Quarry Personnel on the Discovery of Misfired Explosives
Information on how to recognise misfired explosives discovered during the quarrying process and what steps to take.
 
Drilling and Blasting17/08/2021
Post-Blast Fumes - Updated July 2019

Guidance on post-blast fumes and the steps to be taken to help reduce their production and avoid exposure to them.

Target Audience - All those involved in the blasting operation – especially the post-blast inspection process.

Drilling and Blasting04/03/2021
Thunderstorms – Risks and Actions - Updated Feb 2020


Guidance on what steps to take if a thunderstorm approaches
during the blasting process.

Target Audience - Anybody involved in the blasting process.

Drilling and Blasting04/03/2021
Fires on Explosives Vehicles - Updaed February 2020


Guidance on what steps to take in the event of a fire on a vehicle that is either carrying explosives or materials used to make explosives.

Target Audience - All those working on quarries or surface mines where
explosives are used.

Drilling and Blasting04/03/2021
The Post-Blast Inspection - Updated Feb 2020

Guidance on the post-blast inspection process

Target Audience - Shotfirers and Explosive Supervisors.

Drilling and Blasting04/03/2021
Danger Zone Control and the Duties of Sentries Updated Feb 2020

.Guidance on how to ensure control of the danger zone and what is expected from sentries.

Target Audience -  Managers, Supervisors, Shotfirers, Sentries and Explosives Supervisors

Drilling and Blasting04/03/2021
Defining the Danger Zone for Blasting - Updated Feb 2020
Guidance on what to consider when determining the danger zone for quarry blasting. The target audience for this toolbox talk is shotfirers, explosives supervisors and quarry operators. 
Drilling and Blasting04/03/2021
Loading and Unloading of Drilling Rigs & Compressors - Updated 2020
An illustrated toolbox talk produced by the QNJAC, addressing: competence; loading area; pre-loading checks; loading; unloading; example incident; key points
Drilling and Blasting04/03/2021
Positioning a shotfiring shelter - Toolbox Talk - Updated Feb 2020
Toolbox talk providing guidance on the correct location of shelters.
Drilling and Blasting04/03/2021
Updated - The Management of Electrical Safety in Quarries, Associated Plant and Equipment

This guidance covers the generalities of the Management System for Electrical Installations at quarries, associated non quarry sites and mobile equipment.

Plant Information Sheet 1 - (Version 2, January 2021) - review date: 2026

Plant – fixed and mobile18/01/2021
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