Overview of a New Guide to OMS Manuals for Tailings and Water Management Facilities

CIM Vancouver 2002
Abstract In 1996 the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) established a task force to promote the safe and environmentally responsible management of tailings and mine rock. This led to the development, through a collaborative effort, and publishing by MAC in 1998, of "A Guide to the Management of Tailings Facilities". Its purpose was to provide information on the safe and environmentally responsible management of tailings, to help companies develop tailings management systems that incorporate appropriate environmental and safety criteria, and to improve the consistency of application of sound engineering and management principles to tailings facilities through their full life cycle. That publication found broad acceptance in the mining industry, but through a series of follow-up workshops a consensus developed that additional guidance was needed to apply the tailings management principles at the operational level. In particular, the need was identified for direction in preparing site specific operation, maintenance and surveillance (OMS) manuals.

This presentation will give an overview of a new guide entitled "A Guide to Operating, Maintenance and Surveillance Manuals for Tailings and Water Management Facilities" which has just been completed, through MAC, by various representatives of the Canadian mining industry.
Keywords: life cycle, tailings management systems, OMS Manual
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