EU Legislation

The European Mining Industry is committed to continuously improve its health and safety record and in many cases goes beyond legal compliance in the management and measures taken. The collection of the European OSH legislation aims to provide the minimum requirements for OSH for extractive activities:

  • Directive 92/104/EEC – Council Directive on the minimum requirements for improving the
    safety and health protection of workers in surface and underground mineral-extracting
    industries
  • Directive 92/91/EEC – Council Directive concerning the minimum requirements for improving
    the safety and health protection of workers in the mineral- extracting industries through drilling

As well as a series of generally applicable EU Directives, such as

  • Framework Directive (89/391/EEC) Council Directive on the introduction of measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health of workers at work
Workplaces, equipment, signs, personal protective equipment
  • Directive 89/654/EEC - Council Directive concerning the minimum safety and health requirements for the workplace
  • Directive 2009/104/EC concerning the minimum safety and health requirements for the use of work equipment by workers at work
  • Directive 89/656/EEC on the minimum health and safety requirements for the use by workers of personal protective equipment at the workplace
  • Directive 92/58/EEC on the minimum requirements for the provision of safety and/or health signs at work
  • Directive 1999/92/EC on the minimum requirements for improving the health and safety protection of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres

 

Workload, ergonomics and psychosocial risks

 

Physical agents
  • Directive 2002/44/EC on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (vibration)
  • Directive 2003/10/EC on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (noise)
  • Directive 2004/40/EC on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (electromagnetic fields)
  • Directive 2006/25/EC on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to risks arising from physical agents (artificial optical radiation)

 

Chemical agents
  • Directive 2004/37/EC on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work
  • Directive 98/24/EC on the protection of the health and safety of workers from the risks related to chemical agents at work
  • Directive 2009/148/EC on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to asbestos at work
  • Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 Classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, amending and repealing Directives 67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC, and amending Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006
  • Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and establishing a European Chemicals Agency
  • Directive 2008/68/EC - inland transport of dangerous goods of 24 September 2008 on the inland transport of dangerous goods
  • Directive 95/50/EC - checks on road transport of dangerous goods of 6 October 1995 on uniform procedures for checks on the transport of dangerous goods by road

 

Biological agents
  • Directive 2000/54/EC on the protection of workers from risks related to exposure to biological agents at work

 

Topic-specific directives

 

and the safety regulations embedded in the national legislation and mining codes in the EU Member States.

The sector is engaged in a voluntary EU Social Dialogue Agreement on the protection against respirable crystalline silica (NEPSI).

Numerous health and safety guidelines have been developed over the years by the sector.