Code Review Committee

The Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia (Code) provides the detailed regulation for all aspects of mining and mineral exploration in B.C.

The Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation appointed a standing Code Review Committee (Committee) in 2019 with equal representation from Indigenous communities, labour and industry. A standing review of the Code ensures B.C. has strong, updated protections for health, safety and the environment at mine sites.

The Committee will recommend revisions to the Code on an ongoing basis. The Committee aims to make revisions that enhance worker safety and the protection of the public and environment, and that support the introduction of changing technology.

See a list of the current members here: Code Review Committee Membership (PDF, 171KB)

Latest revisions to the Code

In 2020, the Committee unanimously recommended eight revisions to the Code to improve safety at B.C. mines. The revisions clarify and modernize existing provisions and ensure the Code remains current in relation to changing standards and federal regulations. The majority of these revisions came into force in April 2021, with the exception of the avalanche safety requirements that came into force in July 2021.

The signed Order in Council enacting the recent revisions may be found here: January 25, 2021 Order in Council No. 027

The revisions involve:

  • adding cannabis in the impairment provision to align with federal legalization
  • adding in avalanche safety requirements
  • adding in gas detection and decommissioning requirements for coal exploration drill sites
  • updating Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System requirements
  • updating requirements to ensure safety mechanisms are in place for under-truck repairs on haul trucks
  • updating provisions related to pressure vessels to ensure they meet current Canadian Standards Association standards
  • updating legislation references in the Code for the Public Health Act
  • modernizing the requirements for atmospheric detection in underground mines

​The Code was also revised in response to the August 2020 Mines Act amendments and introduction of the Chief Permitting Officer. Provisions of the Code related to the permitting process now fall under the Chief Permitting Officer and demonstrate the separation of accountabilities established under the Mines Act. The Chief Inspector of Mines remains accountable for health and safety, and compliance and enforcement functions.

Information on the previous Code Review from 2015 to 2017 can be found here: 2015 to 2017 Code Review

Ongoing work

The Code Review Committee strikes sub-committees and task groups as needed to review priority topics. Sub-committees and task groups provide the technical review and make recommendations for Code revisions to the Code Review Committee.

This sub-committee is currently addressing the use of emerging technologies on mine sites. Items under review include:

  • Battery electric vehicles
  • Use of hydrogen fuel cells
  • Hybrid vehicles
  • Trolley-assist technology

Prior to this work, the sub-committee reviewed and made recommendations for the use of autonomous and semi-autonomous machine systems on mines.

Emerging Technology and Automation Sub-committee membership
Member Represents
Don Sander (Chair) Industry - major mines
Charlie Allison Upper Similkameen Indian Band
Jorge Freitas EMLI
Michael Gagnon Industry - major mines
Kyle Hryniw EMLI
Shane Kozoriz Industry - major mines
Phillip Le Industry - major mines
Jonathan Leones Industry - major mines
Chad Lindsey Labour - United Steelworkers
Dean Lott Labour - United Steelworkers
Barry Tracey EMLI

 

The Committee identified Part 10 of the Code, which includes permitting, geotechnical, reclamation and closure, as an area to review.

In response to the Audit of Code Requirements for Tailings Storage Facilities published in June 2021, the Part 10 Sub-committee started work on the recommendations from the audit in fall 2021. The audit recommendations are the first topic in a broader Part 10 review that the sub-committee will be undertaking.

This review on tailings storage facilities and dams will consider best practices, standards, and recommendations from other recent reports. The sub-committee will review all aspects of the life cycle of tailings storage facilities and dams.

Part 10 Sub-committee membership
Member Represents
Harvey McLeod
(Co-chair)
Industry/EMLI
Nalaine Morin
(Co-chair)
Tahltan Nation
Charlie Allison Upper Similkameen Indian Band
Chris Anderson Industry - major mines
Kim Bittman Industry - Association for Mineral Exploration
Tamlyn Botel Citw Nlaka'pamux Assembly
Scott Davidson Industry - major mines
Victor Marques EMLI
Dani Miller Industry - BC Stone, Sand and Gravel Association
Heather Narynski EMLI
Mark Smith EMLI

 

This sub-committee will review all occupational health aspects of the Code.