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The Operator should have arrangements in place to ensure that before any change is undertaken an Impact Assessment is completed and Appendix 1 can be used to assist this process.

The Impact Assessment should consider such issues as (This list is not exhaustive):

  • Short term hazards that may be introduced during the completion of the proposed changes.
  • Hazards introduced permanently as a result of any changes.
  • Hazards introduced during the changes or ongoing maintenance process.
  • The controls required to negate or minimise the risk to an acceptable level.

The Impact Assessment should be completed with the involvement of the appointed competent person (usually, but not always, the manager), the employees, their representatives and any relevant contractors who will be affected or involved by the change and any appropriate member(s) of the SHE committee.

The involvement of the following people should be considered where appropriate (the list below is not exhaustive):

  • Geotechnical specialist.
  • Geologist.
  • Equipment manufacturers.
  • Blasting specialistishotfiring personnel.
  • Specialist contractors/consultants.

Throughout the Impact Assessment process the following must be considered:

  • The requirement for a new or amended risk assessment
  • Ongoing compliance with current legislation and planning permissions.
  • Ongoing compliance with company Health, Safety and Environmental policy and procedures.
  • Ongoing compliance with the current Geotechnical Assessment, Appraisal and the Quarry Design.
  • Any required changes to the Excavations and Tips Rules for the site.
  • Routine inspections of the excavation and tips.
  • The requirements for any new or refresher training.
  • Any conflict with other activities on site.
  • Appendix 2 — Managing change decision tree provides further guidance on what actions can be undertaken regarding the type and extent of change being considered based upon the questions in Appendix 1