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Mining Department

Enforce compliance of the various regulations under Act 703 through permitting procedures and inspection of sites of mining, prospecting, reconnaissance and related operations with the aim of improving health and safety and reducing, dangers, disturbing effects, nuisances of mining activities to acceptable levels.

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Machinery Department

Conducts inspections on all mine machinery and equipment in its jurisdiction to ensure that they comply with required safety standards. Examine Mine officials for statutory Mine Certificates of Competency.

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Enviornmental Department

Undertakes environmental inspections on mining operations to ensure that likely adverse impacts of mining on the environment are mitigated or minimized. Conduct ambient air and water analysis and blast test at the Environmental Laboratory.

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Inspectorate Division

The Inspectorate Division of the Minerals Commission was formerly known as the Mines Department. The Mines Department was first established in 1902 at Tarkwa. The Mines Department became the Inspectorate Division of the Minerals Commission on the promulgation of the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006 (Act 703), as a spelt out in Sections 101 and 112 (7) of the Act.

Mandate
The Minerals and Mining Act, 2006 (Act 703) mandates the Inspectorate Division of the Minerals Commission as the lead agency responsible for conducting mine inspections and compliance enforcement of the laws and regulations governing mineral operations in the Country. Specifically, the Inspectorate Division inspects and monitor all mining, quarrying and winning of precious, industrial and building minerals operations.

Mission Statement
The Inspectorate Division of the Minerals Commission exists to ensure compliance and enforecement of the Minerals and Mining statutes and standards of the country through monitoring and inspections of all mining and related operations so as to safeguard the health and safety of the workforce and the general public against the adverse impacts of the operations and also to ensure the judicious exploitation of the country's mineral resources.

Vision
The vision of the Inspectorate Division is to become a vibrant, dynamic and effective lead regulatory agency in the mineral industry, well equipped to promote the attainment of international best practice standards, with a resultant of high level occupational health and safety

Functions:
The Inspectorate Division of the Minerals Commission performs functions as are conferred on it by law for the effective implementation of Act 703 and regulations made under the Act. Specifically, the main functions of the Inspectorate Division are:

  • Enforce compliance of Act 703 and regulations made under it through permitting procedures and inspection of sites of mining, prospecting, reconnaissance and related operations with the aim of reducing dangers, disturbing effects and nuisances of mining activities to acceptable levels;
  • Enforce compliance of occupational health and safety regulations for the mining sector;
  • Investigate the sources and causes of any mine accident and to recommend measures to prevent recurrence of such and similar accidents;
  • Investigate the sources and causes of any incidents, nuisances and pollutions on land which is subject to a mineral right;
  • Monitor the operations of mines, mills and other mineral treatment plants to ensure that wasteful mining and treatment practices are not used in these operations;
  • Direct in what manner any commercial explosives shall be stored and used on any mine or in any related operations;
  • Inspect and test mine equipment and machinery so as to ensure their safety and compliance to environmental requirements;
  • Examine Mine officials for statutory Mine Certificates of Competency (for blasting, for handling of explosives, for winder engine drivers, Mine Rescue operations, mine supervisors etc)
  
Contact Details

 For further information on the mandate of the Division, you may contact:

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Chief Inspector of Mines

Minerals Commission

#12 Switchback Road Residential Area, Cantonments,
P.O. Box M 248 Accra – Ghana
Tel: (233) 302 – 771318 / 773053 / 772783
Fax: (233) 302 – 773324
E-mail: mincom@mc.ghanamining.org

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