Emergency preparedness in mining and tunnelling operations - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

Being prepared for emergencies in mines is crucial. We have developed this code for mine operators, site senior executives, the New Zealand Mines Rescue Service, emergency services, and anyone else at a mining or tunnelling operation involved in emergency preparedness.

While this guidance has not been updated to reflect current work health and safety legislation (the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and regulations), it may still contain relevant information and practices to keep workers and others healthy and safe.

Please read this guidance in conjunction with all relevant industry standards that apply to you as a PCBU. This guidance will be progressively reviewed and either updated, replaced with other guidance, or revoked.

This Approved Code of Practice sets out WorkSafe’s expectations for managing emergencies in mining and tunnelling operations. The code provides information on developing an emergency plan and what it should contain, how to test and review the plan, and how to respond to an emergency.

ACOP: emergency preparedness in mining and tunnelling operations (PDF 405 KB)