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Critical controls in Mining

Critical Control Management is an accepted approach to manage safety risks within mining [e.g. 1, 2]. It has been actively supported by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) since the publication of its Health and safety critical control management guide published in April 2015 [1] in an effort to support its members in improving their health and safety performance. Many largescale mining companies have therefore adopted or enhanced their approach to CCM, often with an initial focus on specific “single fatality risks”. Despite this, the first six months of 2019 have seen a worsening in safety trends for many large mining and metals companies.


The attached paper outlines five reasons for why Critical Control Management may not be contributing to the improvements in health and safety performance anticipated by the ICMM members in 2015. These reasons are based on significant experience gained from working within both mining and other sectors in the field of enterprise-wide integrated risk management.


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