Knowledge and Innovation

Knowledge and innovation drive the quarrying and mineral extractive industries which is why it is a key part of our IQ skills wheel.

Listed below are the summaries of factsheets that we have written to help members understand what they need to know about each topic.

[fa icon="plus-square"] Innovation management

Innovation is the introduction of an idea that is new to the world or simply new to the organisation that is successfully leveraged to deliver value.

It involves creativity and implementation and is only realised through careful and sometimes subtle management.

Innovation is absolutely essential to organisational progress and sustainable competitive advantage.

Click here to find out how you can access our innovation management factsheet.

[fa icon="plus-square"] Planning for emergencies

Emergencies by their very nature occur with little or no warning and can have such dire consequences for both life and property that planning for such events is essential.

It is difficult to prioritise planning for something that hopefully will never happen but those businesses that do take the time, find they are in a better position to cope with both the immediate dangers and their consequences.  Having emergency planning procedures in place that are regularly reviewed and communicated to staff are not only essential to meet legal requirements but should be the aim of all responsible employers.

[fa icon="plus-square"] Problem solving

Problems are part of everyday life and very much the focus of what many of us do at work every day.

Whether highly complex and involved or whether it’s about undoing those little knots that get in the way of completing simpler tasks, there are some basic tools and techniques that can help you to get started in battling through most problems.

Problem solving is something we all do daily. In a work setting, being able to find solutions to both day-to-day and long-term problems is a very important part of being an effective employee, whatever level you operate at within your organisation.

[fa icon="plus-square"] Safeguarding lone working

Lone working has always played a major role in mineral extraction operations and, whilst it may be desirable to have a second person involved in the task, it is often unavoidable to have someone working on their own.

The mineral extraction industry is a prime example of an industry where lone working is considered almost a normal activity.   However, due to the hazardous nature of the work that takes place, it is essential that managers consider carefully every aspect of lone working to ensure there is the minimum of risk involved.

[fa icon="plus-square"] Efficient Dust Suppression

By 2030 the Government has a target to reduce water consumption by 20%.

Minimising the use of potable (drinking) water provides environmental and financial benefits to companies, especially in areas of water stress.

Our case study takes a look at how a 1.5% increase in profit margin was delivered for Buckingham Group by initiatives undertaken by Ace Plant.

Click here to find out how you can access our dust suppression case study factsheet.
[fa icon="plus-square"] Water Management

Our latest factsheet has been written in conjunction with Hafren Water, leading water environmentalists for the quarrying and mineral extractive industry.

Water management features as part of the Knowledge and Innovation section of the IQ Skills Wheel.

Click here to find out how you can access our water management factsheet.

[fa icon="plus-square"] AdBlue Storage & Handling Factsheet

The latest emissions standards, referred to as Euro 6, came into force in 2016, creating a particular challenge for the development of diesel engines.

The main focus of the new standards is on further protecting the air quality and health of the wider population, necessitating new approaches to ensure the reduction of harmful nitrogen oxide emissions.

Access our latest factsheet produced in conjunction with AcePlant here.

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