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Risk management programme for occupational safety and health in surface mining operations

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This paper describes a systematic risk analysis process for occupational safety and health (OSH). A concept of technological risk management and risk assessment is applied. A review of published risk management and assessment applications for various industries is presented and a generalised approach to risk management for OSH in surface mining is proposed. The approach consists of six phases. This process can be used to help judge the tolerability of risk and aid in choosing between potential risk reduction and/or risk avoidance measures. The paper also underlines the benefits of applying risk management concepts from the decision maker's perspective.

Keywords: occupational safety and health, OSH, technological risk management, risk assessment, surface mining, risk reduction, risk avoidance, minerals industry

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