British Columbia (B.C.) has named a 12-member standing committee to review the “Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia”. Creation of a fully funded standing committee to review evolving trends and implement best practices in workplace health and safety was one of the recommendations of the BC Mining Jobs Task Force, which submitted its report in December 2018.
The Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia regulates the mining industry and governs worker safety. Though it has been reviewed periodically to address specific issues (such as a review in response to the 2014 Mount Polley tailings dam collapse), it has not had a top-to-bottom review since 1995-96.
Despite this, B.C. took four of the five AAA ratings in the Investment Risk Index in the 2018 Mining Journal World Risk Report. According to the BC Mining Jobs Task Force, B.C. is rated the least risky jurisdiction in the world for companies to invest in mining projects. It says this is largely thanks to the province’s Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia. The task force report says that keeping the Code current will ensure the province remains an attractive destination for mining investment.
The committee is chaired by Al Hoffman, chief inspector of mines in the Department of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. Each member is appointed to the committee for a three-year term.