Quarry design

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Quarry Design – Version 1 – September 2017 24/11/17

Guidance Note on Quarry design in relation to excavations and tips (QNJAC Geotechnical Face & Stockpile Operations Subcommittee)

The requirement for “design” forms a central tenet of the Quarry Regulations 19991 (The term design is used more than 60 times in the Approved Code of Practice). This document summarises the key legislation in relation to quarry design.

The guidance recognises that the nature of quarry design may be profoundly different from site to site. However, the guidance outlines the three principal steps to design; Pre- Commencement, During Construction and On Completion. It highlights the subdivisions within these stages. The process and the various elements contributing to the design should be clearly laid out in the Health and Safety documentation. Good practice would ensure a named individual is responsible for the maintenance of the design


QNJAC is a collaboration to improve safety, efficiency, and productivity. It relies on industry expertise to come together for the mutual benefit.

Here are some of the key partners actively involved in QNJAC.

EMPI Awards

Health and Safety executive (HSE)

Institute of Quarrying (IQ)

Mineral Products Association (MPA)

Mineral Products Qualification Council (MPQC)

Minerals Matter

The British Aggregate Association (BAA)

Unite - The union

University of Derby (UoD)

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