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Quarries Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006

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7.—(1) The operator shall ensure that no work is carried out at the quarry unless a document (in these Regulations referred to as the “health and safety document”) has been prepared which—

(a)demonstrates that the risks to which persons at work at the quarry are exposed have been assessed in accordance with regulation 3(1) to (5) of the 2000 Regulations;

(b)demonstrates that adequate measures, including measures concerning the design, use and maintenance of the quarry and of its plant, will be taken to safeguard the health and safety of persons—

(i)at the quarry; and

(ii)in the area immediately surrounding the quarry who are directly affected by the activities of the quarry;

(c)includes a statement of how the measures referred to in sub-paragraph (b) will be co-ordinated;

(d)gives details of the management structure and sets out the authority and duties of each person in the management structure; and

(e)records the following information—

(i)the rules required by regulation 10(1)(a);

(ii)the arrangements for the review of safety measures in accordance with regulation 11;

(iii)details of the inspection, maintenance and testing schemes prepared in accordance with regulation 12;

(iv)the rules controlling risks from vehicles required by regulation 14;

(v)details of the permit to work system required by regulation 18;

(vi)the excavations and tips rules required by regulation 25;

(vii)the conclusions of any appraisal or assessment of an excavation or tip undertaken in accordance with regulation 26;

(viii)the arrangements for health surveillance required by regulation 37; and

(ix)the shotfiring rules required by regulation 4(2) of the Quarries (Explosives) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006(1).

(2) In addition to the matters referred to in paragraph (1), the health and safety document shall where appropriate also include—

(a)a plan detailing the equipment and measures required to protect persons at work at the quarry from the risk of explosion;

(b)where toxic gases are or may be present in the atmosphere at the quarry in such concentration that the atmosphere may be harmful to the health of persons at work, a plan detailing the protective equipment and measures required to protect persons at work at the quarry from the harmful atmosphere; and

(c)a diagram of the quarry indicating those areas to which these Regulations do not apply by virtue of regulation 4(2)(c).

(3) The operator shall ensure that the health and safety document, including any information recorded therein pursuant to paragraph (1)(e), is—

(a)kept up to date; and

(b)made available to each employer of persons at work at the quarry and to all persons at work at the quarry.

(4) The operator shall ensure—

(a)that the measures identified in the health and safety document are taken; and

(b)that any plans included in that document are followed.

(5) Each person in the management structure shall carry out the duties assigned to him in the health and safety document so as to protect the health and safety of persons at work at the quarry.

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