Proactive environmental management helps avoid shutdowns
Aug 09 2018 Read 600 Times
Mining operations often disturb nearby communities. Maximising productivity while staying within noise, vibration, dust and air quality regulatory limits can be challenging.
In-depth understanding of a site’s emissions is crucial to ensure environmental and social licenses to operate are maintained.
Attended vs unattended monitoring
Attended monitoring with a meter or portable instrument measures existing levels but has limitations such as data accuracy and on-site visit costs.
Continuous and unattended remote monitoring systems provide a more efficient and accurate environmental assessment. Independent solutions enable access to data from multiple locations at any time and sharing this trusted data shows regulatory compliance and builds public relations.
Monitoring vs management
Environmental monitoring can demonstrate that a mine has created a disturbance. However, information isn’t utilised in real time and the public can be negatively impacted.
Environmental management systems exploit data in real time and enable mines to log environmental levels, reduce exposure, address issues, optimise production and capture trends. By alerting mines about impending limit breeches, delivering credible information and working with the community, these solutions prevent site shutdowns delays caused by public upset.
Offline vs online systems
Offline environmental monitoring systems record regulatory breeches for reporting after the fact, however, online systems can automatically deliver real-time alerts to warn about impending limit exceedances and allow the public access to data to enrich engagement.
Mining vs other community sources
Many mines are in acoustically complex areas with numerous background noise, vibration, dust and air quality sources.
Online environmental management solutions can use modified alerts to take ambient acoustics into account and ensure false alerts don’t lead to mine staff taking time to address these non-issues.
Gain efficiency, productivity and insight
Proactively using an unattended, continuous, online noise management system is arguably best practice in the mining industry. Real-time management of environmental emissions ensures that noise, vibration, dust and air quality levels adhere to regulations to avoid site shutdowns and lead to positive community engagement and trust. The efficiency, productivity and insights gained from effective environmental management can deliver significant value to mining operations.
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