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Title: Duty of care applied to tailings operations
Author: Boswell, Jeremy; Sobkowicz, John
Issue Date: 2011-11
Publicly Available in cIRcle 2011-10-06
Series/Report no. Tailings and Mine Waste 2011: Vancouver, Canada
Abstract: The ever increasing costs and risks associated with tailings facilities worldwide have led to the adoption of a Duty of Care in ensuring high standards of tailings operation. The Oil Sands industry stands to benefit from lessons learned elsewhere in the world in regard to the application of a Duty of Care to tailings operations. Palmiter (2006)1 suggests that in business, "the duty of care addresses the attentiveness and prudence of managers in performing their decision-making and supervisory functions." Aspects addressed by the authors based on their international and local tailings experience include definition of the Duty of Care; select examples of tailings dam failures for lessons learned; tailings management imperatives of risk, quality and cost; reducing operational costs; universal indicators of quality tailings operations; a checklist of key operational components, and implementation and the human dynamic. [All papers were considered for technical and language appropriateness by the organizing committee.]
Affiliation: Non UBC
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/37807
Peer Review Status: Unreviewed
Scholarly Level: Other

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