Safety guidelines and good practices for tailings management facilities

The effective and safe disposal of mining wastes presents technical and environmental challenges. Each facility is unique, so a tailor-made and sound approach is needed to ensure that the TMF is safe, environmentally sound and economical. Although TMFs are operated with increasing care in many ECE countries, the safety of their operations and their afterlife needs further improvement. This should also be seen in the light of the challenges posed by climate change, which may increase the probability of industrial accidents caused by natural disasters, such as earthquakes and flooding that pose a major risk to TMFs.

In this publication, a tailings management facility (TMF) is intended to encompass the whole set of structures required for the handling of tailings including the tailings storage facility, tailings dam(s), tailings impoundment, clarification ponds, delivery pipelines, etc. Tailings are the fine-grained waste material remaining after the metals and minerals recoverable with the technical processes applied have been extracted. The material is rejected at the “tail end” of the process with a particle size normally ranging from 10 μm to 1.0 mm.

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), 2014.

Safety guidelines and good practices for tailings management facilities

Are you sure you want to delete this "resource"?
This item will be deleted immediately. You cannot undo this action.

Related Resources

Guidance material
02 Feb 2016
Disasters and Alerts 
Tags: Guidance material
Guidance material
05 Nov 2017
This guide has been developed to help national Red Cross Societies implement baseline and final assessments for community based disaster risk reductions projects. It includes instructions for how to prepare and conduct hosehold surveys as well as sta...
Tags: Guidance material, Risk Assessment
Guidance material
04 Feb 2015
The primary purpose of these guidelines is to enable humanitarian actors and communities to plan, establish, and coordinate a set of minimum multisectoral interventions to prevent and respond to sexual violence during the early phase of an emergency....
Tags: Guidance material, Infrastructure and Services, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, PAPE, Women and Gender