The Irish Mining and Quarrying Society’s purpose of maintaining a high standard of conduct in the extractive industries is one of it five main objectives. The IMQS has a close and active partnership with the Health and Safety Authority which was established under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 1989.
The Society is a regular organiser of the bi-annual All-Island Quarry Safety Seminar and the All-Island Extractive Industries Health and Safety Seminar.
The IMQs is represented on the Quarry Safety Partnership which was established by the HSA in 2013. The group meets quarterly to look at approaches to issues affecting the quarry industry and the people working in it.
The IMQS is a national association member of the European Federation of Explosives Engineers (EFEE) ones of whose primary aims is the promotion of safety, health, environment and security in the field of explosives technology.
The All Ireland and UK Mine Rescue Competition started out as a competition between Irish base metal mines in the 1960s and 1970s. The competition now includes mines from Ireland, the UK and Portugal.
Health and safety is the number one priority in the quarrying industry. Quarry work involves a number of hazards and risks; by identifying these risks, it allows mitigation measures to be put in place to ensure all round safety at work.
The industry works closely with the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) to continuously improve the health and safety measures and outcomes; for example HSA Site Inspections, Quarry Safety Week and regular mandatory training for all employees.