Assessment of Operating Standards

The Association launched its scheme for assessing operating standards in 2007 and since this date it has grown in strength to the point where the majority of the membership is engaged within the scheme. To date the total number of certificates of compliance that have been issued stands at 39 and a total of 49 assessments have been carried out.

The objective of the scheme is to provide comfort to members that the Operational Standards in their Quarries meet the standards necessary to demonstrate that they are being managed and operated competently. The scheme is not a basis for demonstrating personal competence because in effect it is the competence of the team running the quarry that is assessed. Nor is the scheme a detailed safety audit because it would not be possible to achieve this in a one or two day visit. However the scheme will provide an independent expert view on the safety of quarry operations and more generally whether the level of compliance with health & safety legislation in general meets an acceptable standard. It is not intended to replace an operations existing health & safety management arrangements but to provide the owner and operator with reassurance that his arrangements do achieve the required effect, or identify clearly any points that require attention.

Additionally it is hoped that the Assessment Process will develop into a continuous self improvement process, which will promote the spread of “Best Practice” through the membership. It is for this reason that the scheme is organised on the basis of a tri-annual assessment so that the process is repeated on a 3-year cycle. A Certificate of Compliance is issued at the end of the first cycle and is valid for 3 years as long as there are no significant changes to the operation in question.

For further details regarding the scheme, whether or not you are a member of the BAA, please contact Murray Alston at