The International Section of the ISSA on Prevention of Occupational Risks in the Mining Industry
Everywhere in the world the need for energy, raw materials or materials for constructing the infrastructure is vast and will increase. Not only in industrialized countries, but also in transition and developing countries is this a matter of fact. Mining activities are therefore essential for human well-being and a necessity anywhere in the world.
But among all industrial activities, mining and other forms of extraction are considered as the most dangerous worldwide. This is also a fact for all kinds of quarry works, mining of aggregates, and tunnelling. Furthermore, serious risks arise for miners and workers not only from extractive operations, but when processing as well.
The worker’s health is endangered not only through mechanical risks arising from heavy duty mobile and fixed machinery or from underground and surface mining risk factors themselves, but also from dust, noise or chemical substances. High accident rates and high numbers of occupational diseases are the consequences of this situation unless the necessary preventative measures will be taken. On the other hand, good safety and health performance reduces human suffering and increases the economical performance of the industry.
The ISSA Mining Section is an independent, non-profit, international organisation. The International Section on Prevention of Occupational Risks in the Mining Industry Worldwide – ISSA Mining – of the International Social Security Association (ISSA) was founded in 1970 on the occasion of the VII. World Congress on Occupational Safety and Health. It covers large-scale mining operations as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s).
The German miner’s accident insurance fund is currently entrusted with the organisation of this ISSA Section. It is the statutory accident insurance for all mining operations and for all extractive and quarrying works in Germany and offers prevention for underground and surface mining as well as for the processing of the raw material.
ISSA Mining provides benefits and services for the following mining operations and industrial sectors:
Operations and services related to mining are covered as well.
The ISSA Mining Section aims to foster and improve social security in mining by means of worldwide cooperation, particularly in the field of prevention. The ISSA Mining Section aims to achieve worldwide acceptable working, OSH and social conditions in large mining enterprises as well as for SME quarries or small scale extractive industries by influencing OSH politics on a global level, creating recommendations and promoting the transfer of the best solutions and good practice.
The ISSA Mining Section aims to protect miners from accidents and damage to their health.
The ISSA Mining Section supports employers and managers in fulfilling their responsibility of taking the necessary preventative measures.
The ISSA Mining Section cooperates with governments, ministries, insurance funds, non-profit organisations, employer associations, unions, manufacturers of machinery and all bodies and experts interested in the relevant field.
Following these aims, the ISSA Mining Section takes care of the health and social welfare of all miners and their families, and also supports the economic performance and the public image of the mining industry worldwide.
Members of the ISSA Mining Section benefit from
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In order to improve public awareness and public relations in the field of mine safety, the ISSA Mining Section offers a communication platform and broad information via its website http://mining.prevention.issa.int, through its issa.mining.newsletter and also through its regular publications in the magazine “Aggregates International” (AI).
In addition to this, advice for insurance concepts and establishing miner’s compensation funds can be given.
The ISSA Mining Section is publishing the consensus results of its members as Recommendations, which are advice for better occupational Safety and Health in the Mining Industry worldwide. Currently, the Section is working on the following topics:
Recommendations for Mining Activities
Recommendations for Safe Minerals Processing
Recommendations for Mining Machines and Equipment
Recommendations for Education and Training in Mining
Recommendations for Mining Emergencies
Recommendations for OSH Management in Mining
Recommendations for Small Mines
Recommendations for Contractors Involvement
Recommendations for Respirable Dust
Recommendations for Prevention of Explosions in Mining
Recommendations for Occupational Medicine in Mining
The ISSA Mining Section organizes the exchange of information, knowledge and best practice on topics of social security and occupational safety and health. It forms technical commissions and working groups, using personal attendance or the internet.
It organizes international symposia, conferences and colloquia and actively supports the world congresses on safety and health. It organizes opinion polls and studies, promotes research and cooperates with other sections of ISSA or interested bodies. Representatives from developed countries are as welcome as representatives from transition or developing countries in supporting the section’s work.
The work of ISSA Mining Section is driven by the section’s president, vice-president and its secretary general. At least every three years a general assembly is organized. In order to structure the activities, a three-year work plan will be established.
ISSA mining is worthwhile for every organisation: Mining enterprise and mining supplier – mining expert
The ISSA Mining Section offers three membership categories:
Each category involves the same opportunities for participation!
Please use the membership application form.
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ISSA Mining Section
c/o Berufsgenossenschaft Rohstoffe und chemische Industrie
Hunscheidtstraße 18, D-44789 Bochum, Germany
Tel. +49 6221 5108 54110, Fax +49 6221 5108 12299
The mining section is composed of members . Its two executive bodies are the General Assembly and the Bureau .
The General Assembly consists of the ordinary members of the Section on Prevention in the Mining Industry. The corresponding members of the Section belong to the General Assembly in a consultative capacity. The General Assembly meets at least once every three years.
The Bureau is elected by the General Assembly. The Secretary General of the ISSA belongs to the Bureau in a consultative capacity.
The section is funded by membership fees fixed by the Bureau and financial support of those who participate in the work of the section (working groups, technical committees).
: Theodor Bülhoff
John R McEndoo
Bui Hong Linh
For more information please consult the brochure of the Section on Prevention in the Mining Industry and its standing orders in English [ 2 - Standing Orders.pdf 30,86 kB ] or German [ 4 - Standing Orders.pdf 47,45 kB ].
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