Health and safety critical control management: good practice guide

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ICMM has published practical guidance on preventing the most serious types of health and safety incidents in mining and metals.

The approach described in - Health and safety critical control management: good practice guide - is designed to identify and manage acts, objects or systems onsite - the "critical controls" - that need to be in place to either prevent a serious incident occurring or minimize the consequences if a serious incident were to occur.

The critical control management (CMM) process is well established and in use in many high-hazard industries. However, this is the first time this approach has been captured in a single document designed specifically for the mining and metals industry. The report answers a need to ensure that effective controls are always in place. Although the risks are often well-known in mining and other industries, a lack of sufficient risk-identification and control management can lead to serious injury and fatalities of workers.

The publication presents nine steps: ranging from step 1 which helps develop the scope of CCM implementation, through to step 9 which offers guidance on appropriate response and action to be taken when critical controls are underperforming, leading to an incident. Supplementary material to the report includes the CCM journey model and mapping tool which is designed to help organizations assess their maturity and readiness in adopting the process.