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Site Management

Table of Contents
6.1 Health and Safety
   6.1.1 Health and Safety Management Systems 
6.2 Housekeeping
   6.2.1 Housekeeping and Hazardous Materials
6.3 Monitoring and Inspections
6.4 Site Clearing 
6.5 Drainage Control
   6.5.1 Run-on 
   6.5.2 Runoff
6.6 Maintenance 
6.7 Security 
   6.7.1 Induction and Orientations
   6.7.2 Log Book and Emergency Response
   6.7.3 Theft and Vandalism
6.8 Baseline Studies
   6.8.1 Water Resources
   6.8.2 Cultural and Archaeological Resources
   6.8.3 Exemplary Natural Resources
6.9 Sample Handling
   6.9.1 Collection 
   6.9.2 Handling 
   6.9.3 Transport
   6.9.4 Drilling Sample Handling 
6.10 Concurrent Reclamation
6.11 Further Considerations

Introduction

The primary goal of a site management system is to ensure every person entering the site completes their business in a safe, environmentally sensitive and effective manner. This includes: contractors; visitors; inspectors; and senior company management. 

For the purposes of this e-toolkit, a site is any area where exploration and related activities are conducted by the company, its employees, contractors, and subcontractors, whether or not the company has land tenure. The following two examples would both be considered sites worthy of inclusion in a site management system:   

The location of a contracted prospector's parked truck on the shoulder of a highway, while the prospector is on a reconnaissance traverse. The boat or floatplane loading area of a public dock.  

As described in the Management Essentials section of this e-toolkit, site selection planning is an important factor in the safe and successful completion of any exploration program. Although access to water for consumption, hygiene, overburden stripping, sluicing, drilling, and transportation is an important factor in the site selection process, also consider the effects that the selection will have on soil erosion, local and regional water resources, ecosystem health, and future exploration programs.  

Mining operations often take advantage of infrastructure established by exploration crews, so planning (especially roads and camps) should consider potential long-term effects. In addition, be aware that water management and soil erosion control forms the bulk of environmental control activities at operating and closed mine sites.