Health and Safety at Work (Mining Operations and Quarrying Operations) Regulations 2016

Version as at 18 July 2022

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Health and Safety at Work (Mining Operations and Quarrying Operations) Regulations 2016

(LI 2016/17)

Jerry Mateparae, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 15th day of February 2016

His Excellency the Governor-General in Council


The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.

These regulations are made under sections 23(1)(e), 24(1)(m), 211, and 218 and clause 5 of Schedule 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015


on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council; and


on the recommendation of the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety made after complying with sections 217 and 219 of that Act.


4Meaning of fresh air
5Transitional, savings, and related provisions
6Declaration of excluded tunnelling operations
7Appointment of site senior executive
8Competency requirements for appointment as site senior executive
9Notice of appointment of site senior executive
10WorkSafe may advise appointment not suitable
11Mine operator must ensure site senior executive has sufficient resources
12Appointment of acting site senior executive during temporary absence
13Manager of mining operation
14Manager of quarrying operation
15Manager of alluvial mining operation
16Manager must hold certificate
16AExclusion of manager of tourist mining operation
17Certificate of competence of manager of metalliferous mining operation
18Certificate of competence of manager of underground coal mining operation
19Certificate of competence of manager of opencast coal mining operation
20Certificate of competence of manager of tunnelling operation
21Certificate of competence of manager of quarrying operation
22Certificate of competence of manager of alluvial mining operation
23Acting manager
24Notification of appointment of manager or acting manager
25Relevant operator must ensure workers comply with instructions of manager or acting manager
26Electrical superintendent
27Mechanical superintendent
28Mine surveyor
29Ventilation officer
31AGas monitor for coal exploration operation
32Other workers required to hold certificates
33Appointment of person to more than 1 role
34WorkSafe may prescribe requirements
35Certificates of competence
36Application for certificate of competence
37Application to contain evidence
38Eligibility to hold certificate of competence
39Investigations by Board
40Use of information
41Board to issue certificate of competence
42Duration of certificate of competence
43Continuing professional development condition of certificate
44Renewal of certificate of competence
45Cancellation or suspension of certificate of competence
46Replacement of certificate of competence
48Access to register
49Appeal to District Court
50Supervision of untrained mine workers
51Competencies of inspectors who inspect mining operations
52Health and safety management system must be developed, etc
53When health and safety management system must be in place
54Systematic identification of hazards
55Risk assessment
56Content of health and safety management system
57Auditing and monitoring of health and safety management system
58Periodic review of health and safety management system
59Additional reviews of health and safety management system
60Worker engagement and participation
61Maintenance of records of health and safety management system
62Providing health and safety management system documentation to mine workers
63Providing health and safety management system documentation to contractor
64Duty to provide instruction
65Meaning of principal hazard
66Responsible person to identify principal hazards and ensure principal hazard management plan in place
67General purposes of principal hazard management plans
68Content of principal hazard management plans
69Review and revision of principal hazard management plans
70Audits of principal hazard management plans
71Principal hazard management plans for ground or strata instability
72Meaning of inundation and inrush
73Consideration of whether inundation and inrush is a principal hazard
74Principal hazard management plans for inundation and inrush
75Additional ground of review of principal hazard management plans relating to inundation and inrush
76Obligations relating to work in inrush control zone
77Principal hazard management plans for mine shafts and winding systems
78Additional requirements for principal hazard management plans in relation to automatic winding systems
79Additional requirements for principal hazard management plans in relation to dual-purpose shafts
80Principal hazard management plans for roads and other vehicle operating areas
81Principal hazard management plans for tips, ponds, and voids
82Risk reassessment in relation to tips, ponds, and voids
83Inspection of tips
84Principal hazard management plans for air quality
85Principal hazard management plan for fire or explosion
86Principal hazard management plan for explosives
87Principal hazard management plan for gas outbursts
88Appraisal of likelihood of spontaneous combustion occurring required at all underground coal mining operations
89Ongoing review of information about spontaneous combustion
90Principal hazard management plan for spontaneous combustion
91Recording of spontaneous combustion events
92Responsibility for principal control plans
93Purpose of principal control plans
94Review and revision of principal control plans
95Audits of principal control plans
97Risk assessment in relation to mechanical engineering control plan
98Mechanical engineering control plan
100Electrical engineering control plan
102Ventilation control plan
104Consultation with emergency services
105Emergency management control plan
106Testing, etc, of emergency management control plan
108Worker health control plan
109Worker participation practices must be documented
110Competency requirements for appointment as industry health and safety representative
111Form of identity cards
112Notice to WorkSafe in relation to appointment of industry health and safety representative
113Register of industry health and safety representatives
114Relevant operator must investigate reported hazard
115Relevant operator must advise worker of result of investigation
117Installation of ground or strata support
118Obligations relating to ground or strata support
119Roads and other vehicle operating areas
120Operation of mobile plant by authorised mine workers only
121Defects discovered during inspection of tips
123Conveyor belts
124Crush injuries and rescue of trapped or injured persons
125Treatment and transport of sick and injured mine workers
126Resuscitation equipment
127Medical examination of workers
128Workers to be given results of monitoring
129Records to be kept and provided to workers
131Steps to be taken following ground or strata failure
132Holes to be kept in advance of working places
133Information to workers
134Connection to be investigated
135Holing into old workings
136Protection against inundation and inrush
137Stopping of work
138Equipment for raising and lowering mine workers, coal, minerals, or material
139Operation of manually operated winders and slope haulage or hoist equipment
140Separation of airways
141Air quality and temperature
142Measurement of air from fans
143Quantity and velocity of air
144Ventilation fans other than auxiliary fans
145Auxiliary fans
146Additional requirements for auxiliary fans installed in underground coal mining operations
147Starting, stopping, etc, of fans
148Ventilation of work areas to be adequate before entry
149Withdrawal of mine workers if ventilation inadequate
150Quantity of air to be measured
151Plan of ventilation system to be updated every month
152Application of regulation 153
154Exposure to diesel emissions
155Assessment of hazards associated with fuel additives
156Use of petrol engines prohibited
157Fire protection and early warning systems
158Testing for methane
159Application of regulations 160 to 162
160Sparks or naked flames
161Restrictions on hot work
162Monitoring for methane
163Mine worker must inform person in charge of hazard from methane or noxious gas
164Withdrawal of mine workers when high level of methane present
165Combustible material
166Competent person at surface when mine workers underground
167Emergency contact details
169Training in use of self-rescuers
170Escapeways in underground coal mining operation
170ADeveloping escapeways in new underground coal mining operation
171Escapeways in underground metalliferous mining operations and tunnelling operations
172Additional requirements for escapeways in underground metalliferous mining operations
173Changeover stations and refuges
174Navigational aids
175Communications systems
176Continued monitoring of atmospheric conditions underground during emergency
178Failure of ventilation system
179Air across and to working face
180Sealed worked-out areas
181Position and electricity supply of main ventilation fan
182Ventilation control devices
183Standards for sealing
183AAlternative to type B seal
184Facilities required for sealing
185Notice of intention to seal underground coal mining operation
186Sealing not to be done unless notified
187Emergency sealing
188Testing of inertisation equipment
189Compressed air
190Establishment of explosion risk zones
191Signposting of explosion risk zones
192Signposting of boundaries between explosion risk zones
193Machinery restrictions in explosion risk zones
194Use of diesel engines in underground coal mining operations
195Restrictions on live electrical work in ERZ0 or ERZ1
196Monitoring for methane at working face
197Methane monitors in intake airways
198Methane monitors in return airways
199Methane monitors on mobile plant powered by battery or diesel engine
200Methane monitors on certain mobile plant powered by electricity through trailing or reeling cable
201Monitoring of other mobile plant powered by electricity through trailing or reeling cable
202Auxiliary and booster fans
203Recording and notification of isolation of electricity supply
204Failure of methane monitoring system
205Sampling of roadway dust
206Recording of dust sampling and analysis
207Minimum content of incombustible material in roadway dust
208Mine operator must have standard operating procedure for application of incombustible material to roadway
209Requirements for stone-dusting new roads
210Explosion barriers
211Notification of commencement, recommencement, installation, or cessation of operation
212Duty to give draft principal hazard management plans and principal control plans to WorkSafe
213Plan of mining operation for operational purposes
214Plan of mining operation for WorkSafe
215Plan of mining operation must be available to industry health and safety representatives
216Plan of ceased mining operation
217Details to be included in plans
218Plan showing firefighting, rescue, and emergency facilities to be posted
219Operation records
220Record of mine workers underground
221Shift reports
222Examination of operations
223Barometer, hygrometer, and thermometer
224Visits to solitary mine workers
225Declaration of notifiable injury or illness and notifiable incidents
226Record of notifiable events
227Disclosure of information about notifiable events
228Investigation of notifiable events
229Notification of high-risk activities
230Duty of relevant operator to give quarterly report to WorkSafe
231Consequential amendment to Mines Rescue (Levy) Regulations 2014 [Revoked]
232Revocation of Health and Safety in Employment (Mining Operations and Quarrying Operations) Regulations 2013 [Revoked]
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