Implementation review of the Health and Safety at Work (Mining and Quarrying Operations) Regulations 2016

Submissions closed: 28 September 2018, 5pm

We are undertaking a targeted, post-implementation review of the Health and Safety at Work (Mining Operations and Quarrying Operations) Regulations 2016.

The discussion document was emailed to stakeholders in the mining, quarrying and tunnelling sectors. Feedback on detailed options and proposals was due by Friday 28 September 2018 by email to

Note, the consultation was initially due to close in August 2018, but extended to give stakeholders more time to consider the proposals.

The purpose of the review

The review is to test that the regulations are working as expected and to consider further regulation of quarries. It fulfils a commitment that the Government made to industry in 2013 to provide reassurance about the speed of developing major new regulations within a single year.

The review is not re-opening the full policy work from 2013 that was based on the recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy.

About the discussion document

The discussion document is detailed because it responds to issues raised in mid-2017 with us and WorkSafe by MinEx and the Aggregate and Quarrying Association (AQA).

Next steps

Once submissions have been received, we will analyse them and provide advice on regulatory changes to the Government. Any resulting changes are now likely to be agreed by mid-2019.

Consultation document