The European Mining Industry is committed to continuously improve its health and safety record and in many cases goes beyond legal compliance in the management and measures taken.
The European extractive industry is governed by 2 specialised EU directives
As well as a series of generally applicable EU Directives, such as
Workplaces, equipment, signs, personal protective equipments
Workload, ergonomics and psychosocial risks
Sector-specific and worker-related directives
and the safety regulations embedded in the national legislation and mining codes in the EU Member States.
The sector is engaged in a voluntary EU Social Dialogue Agreement on the protection against respirable crystalline silica (NEPSI).
Numerous health and safety guidances have been developed over the years by the sector.
Once of them is the ILO guidance on safety in coal mines (document available in Downloads section below).