3.1 The Quarries Regulations 1999 Approved Code of Practice is specific in Regulation 31 regarding Excavation and Tip Rules. However, a check list of considerations is provided in Appendix 2 of this note.
3.2 A quarry may be a complex site, made up of numerous different E&T features, each with its own design. Therefore, the content of the E&TR needs to include the key elements of these designs to ensure safe construction, operation and maintenance of those features. It may be useful to utilise plans and diagrams in lieu of words.
3.3 The first part of the E&TR should clearly define:
• What and who the rules apply to.
• What other documents need to be read in conjunction with the rules.
• Who has responsibility for maintaining those rules?
• What are the mechanisms for their regular review and update?
3.4 The E&TR should provide an overview of how the quarry is to be developed, including the sequence of excavation, tipping operations, tip strategy, method of excavation, processing and storage of stockpiled materials. This can, in part, be achieved by reference to accompanying plans. Consideration should be given to:
• Preparation (Overburden Stripping).
• Operation (including utilisation of machinery).
• Inspection, recording and reporting regime.
• Record of Substances tipped.
• Closure, decommissioning, suspending operations, final face location and condition.
• Mines Waste Directive compliance.