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APELL for Mining Guidance for the Mining Industry in Raising Awareness and Preparedness for Emergencies at Local Level

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This APELL for Mining Handbook provides a framework for the preparation of an Emergency Response Plan that can be used by mine management, emergency response agencies, government officials and local communities. It introduces the generic objectives and organizational framework of UNEP’s Awareness and Preparedness for Emergencies at Local Level (APELL) programme, covers risk factors specific to the mining industry, and describes how APELL can be applied to the mining industry. Case studies illustrating the consequences of mining accidents are also presented, underscoring the vital nature of sound preparedness for emergencies. Key issues addressed are: - the importance of preparedness for accidents within companies and local communities, - identification of risks and hazards associated with mining, including tailings disposal, -need for adequate risk minimization measures to be in place, preparation of emergency response plans by companies, communities and emergency response providers, - the importance of adequate information to local communities about mining operations and the associated risks, and the importance of effective media communications in the event of accident.

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