Global standards, guidance, and documentation relating to risk management

Key organisations for the GISTM and other standards on tailings management

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) co-convened the Global Tailings Review to establish an international standard for the safer management of tailings storage facilities - this is the GISTM.

The standard can be downloaded here, and the International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) Conformance Protocols for the GISTM can be downloaded here.

The Canadian Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) standard is very comprehensive and a number of related guides to TSM can be found on the MAC website here.

Key areas of Tailings Management

I. Affected Communities

II. Integrated Knowledge Base

III. Design, Construction, Operation & Monitoring

IV. Management & Governance

V. Emergency Response & Long-Term Recovery

VI. Public Disclosure & Access to Information

Supporting the Standards

The Conformance Protocols for the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management ( ‘the Conformance Protocols’) have been developed to support the integration of the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (‘the Standard’) into ICMM’s existing assurance and validation processes for its member commitments. The Conformance Protocols support self-assessments and independent third party assessments of progress with implementing the Standard. While the primary audience is ICMM members and the independent consultants they engage with to assess conformance, it can also be applied by non-members.

Insight Terra & the Global Industry Standard for Tailings Management

White papers

Listed below are a selection of white papers on mine water management that provide significant insight into this critical aspect of mine operations and management.
The risk-based approach to water management, and major challenges in the mining industry - ESG and the economics and ethics.
Barry, S.  
The Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, vol. 120
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Importance of pore pressure monitoring in high walls.
Morton, K.L., Muresan, M.C., and Ramsden, F.   
The Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, vol. 108
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Tailings dam risk reduction rising accurate pore pressure monitoring.
Morton, K.L.  
South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Tailings Storage Conference, 10-13 February 2020.
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