Standards and professionalism are a key part of the IQ skills wheel. This area covers all of the key regulations and standards that affect the quarrying and mineral extractive industries.
Listed below are the summaries of factsheets that we have written to help members understand what they need to know about each topic.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) refers to how a company may think about its relationship with the community, the environment and other causes beyond its own profitability and growth. Whilst companies must address the needs of its shareholders, CSR is a concept that considers other stakeholders and society at large.
No longer considered a luxury in business, corporate social responsibility has become paramount in maintaining the trust of customers, investors and future generations of employees.
Safety committees are a formal way of involving workers on your site to meet and discuss health and safety issues in an organised and constructive way. Regulation 40 of The Quarries Regulations 1999 sets out in law the basic responsibilities involved ensuring workers are able to participate in health and safety management on sites.
Safety committees provide a powerful way of engaging with your team in order to create a strong health and safety culture and reduce workplace incidents. They can also be valuable development tools for members of your team and will help to demonstrate your effective implementation of the Quarries Regulations 1999 and other health and safety legislation.
A ‘standard’ is a document that sets out the specifications, guidelines, properties or requirements for materials, products, processes and services to ensure that they are fit for purpose.
The quarrying industry uses and produces products and services that need to comply with various standards and you will inevitably come across these standards as part of your professional working life in the minerals industry.
Most construction products are covered by a ‘harmonised European Standard’ and therefore must be CE marked. However, the picture is more complicated with regard to some aggregates where there is no harmonised European Standard and a CE mark cannot be applied.
The Quarries Regulations 1999 sets out in law the basic responsibilities involved in running a quarry. Regulation number 40 deals specifically with Participation of Persons at Work and this factsheet looks at what regulation 40 says and how you should go about fulfilling those legal requirements.
Effective workforce engagement is a powerful means of driving great performance in any business. What the Quarries Regulations do in regulation 40 is set out specific ways in which the workforce should be involved in quarries to ensure that minimum health and safety standards are being met.
QNJAC defines an engaged workforce as:
… one which collectively and in collaboration with the organisation within which it works, seeks to perform to the highest standards.
Understanding a little more about the ins and outs of employee engagement and looking at how successful organisations create and sustain a culture with an engaged workforce can give you powerful insights into getting better results from your team.