SAMVAL Guidance Notes
Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management
On 5 August 2020, the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management was launched alongside ICMM, UNEP and PRI. The Standard was developed by a multi-disciplinary Expert panel, with input from a multi-stakeholder Advisory Group. The review involved extensive public consultation with affected communities, government representatives, investors, multilateral organisations and mining industry stakeholders and is informed by existing best practice and findings from past tailings facility failures.
The Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management strives to achieve the ultimate goal of zero harm to people and the environment with zero tolerance for human fatality. Underpinned by an integrated approach to tailings management, the Standard aims to prevent catastrophic failure and enhance the safety of mine tailings’ facilities across the globe. It embodies a step-change in terms of transparency, accountability and safeguarding the rights of project affected people.
Comprising six Topic areas, 15 Principles and 77 auditable Requirements, the Standard will ultimately be supported by implementation protocols that will provide detailed guidance for certification, or assurance as applicable, and for equivalence with other standards.
BEST PRACTICE GUIDANCE NOTES
These notes are not part of the SAMCODES and compliance with them is not obligatory. These notes are provided by the various Committees to provide background and discussion on various issues. If you are aware of a particular need for a specific guidance note, please contact the relevant committee chairperson.
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