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The guidance in this Information Sheet has been endorsed by the Quarries National Joint Advisory Committee (QNJAC). Following this guidance is not compulsory and you are free to take other action. Health and Safety Inspectors seek to secure compliance with the law and may refer to the contents of this Information Sheet as illustrating good practice

1 Introduction

The Quarries Regulations 1999, together with the Approved Code of Practice and Guidance (ACOP) make a number of references to the requirement for Excavations and Tip Rules (E&TR), including the following, as stated in Regulation 31.

The operator shall ensure that suitable and sufficient rules (known in these Regulations as the ‘excavations and tips rules’) are made to ensure the safe construction and operation of excavations and tips and such rules shall, in particular, specify the following matters:

a) The manner in which such activities are to be carried out.
b) The nature and extent of supervision of such activities.
c) The precautions to be taken during such activities to ensure the health and safety of any person and the safety and stability of the excavation or tip.

It should be noted that the E&TR need to cover all features and operations regardless of their size. The amount of detail in the E&TR should be in proportion to the risk posed. Examples of the sort of information that should be included (this is not an exhaustive list):-

• Geotechnical Assessment
• Quarry Design
• Plant design and type
• Geotechnical appraisals
• Risk Assessments
• Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s)

This E&TR should be used to communicate information in a simple relevant and understandable manner to any person who needs to know. The aim should be that all relevant activities are co-ordinated in a safe, practical manner.

The duty to produce the E&TR rules lies with the Quarry Operator, but may be delegated to an Appointed Competent Person. It is considered good practice for them to be produced in conjunction with the relevant personnel involved in the operation and design of the site.