Occupational Health & Safety

Protecting the environment and workers are key goals of the province’s mining industry. The Mining Association of Canada declares the health and safety of Canada’s mining workers to be a "core value with the result that mining is now one of the safest heavy industries in the country.”


Throughout Canada, the mining industry’s record on lost time accidents is among the lowest of all industries. According to Newfoundland and Labrador’s Workplace Health Safety and Compensation Commission (WHSCC), the lost time incidence rate for the “mining” classification in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2010 was 0.8, less than half the provincial average of 1.8 and lower than all other classifications except “finance, insurance and real estate.”


Health and safety is the number one priority at all our mines - all of our mine operators want a workplace free of fatalities, injuries and disease. Operators work with their employees and government inspectors to reach the goal of “zero harm.” All mine sites have on-site management professionals dedicated to health and safety in the workplace. Larger mines have multiple specialized safety trainers on site while smaller mines often contract out safety training to specialist companies.


Mining Industry NL has a standing Environment, Health, and Safety Committee made up of senior safety managers from all our mines. The committee is dedicated to sharing best practices and lessons learned, promoting safety initiatives and providing advice to regulatory agencies. The committee meets at least quarterly.


We also has an exploration safety group dedicated to helping those in the sector remain safe and healthy by documenting sources of safety information and training and raising awareness of regulatory changes.


Occupational Health and Safety Links of Interest to Members




Act & Regulations


OH&S Division, ServiceNL






PRIME Incentive Program 


Employers Information 








PDAC Health and Safety Main Page


Canada Safety Council


Safety Services NL&LAB




Health and Safety in Exploration Toolkit (EHS)


Basic Emergency Response Guidelines


Safety Guidelines for Uranium Exploration


Health and Safety Policy Guidelines for Junior Exploration Companies


PDAC Field Safety Pocket Guide


Helicopter Safety & Survival Video


Canadian Center for OH&S: Emergency Response Planning Guide


Risk Assessment and Job Hazard Analysis


Occupational Health and Safety Mineral Exploration Guide




Working Safely in Heat and Cold


Working on Ice: Best Practices


Working on Ice: Field Guide


Helicopter Safety & Survival Video


The below pdf. is Workplace NL's industry fact sheet for mining, oil and gas in Newfoundland and Labrador.


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