Improving the safety of tailings management facilities based on the example of Ukrainian facilities

IHPA is involved in the German government financed Tailing Management Facility Project:
`Improving the safety of tailings management facilities based on the example of Ukrainian facilities`

• Client: German Federal Environment Agency, Dessau, Germany
• Implementing organisation: IHPA, International HCH & Pesticides Association, Denmark
• Subcontractor: Centre of Environment audit and Clean Technologies LLC, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine
• Target country/region: Ukraine, transnational
• Duration: 07/2013 – 11/2015
• Beneficiaries: Authorities and plant operators

Improving safety of industrial tailings management facilities in Ukraine published in POPS Newsletter

Date 11 -05-2016:
We are happy to announce that the final UBA report of the project “Improving the safety of industrial tailings management facilities based on the example of Ukrainian facilities”, is available for your use.
The project is was funded by the German Federal Environment Ministry’s Advisory Assistance Programme (AAP) for environmental protection in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia and other countries neighbouring the European Union. It was supervised by the German Environment Agency (UBA). The responsibility for the content of this publication lies with the authors. The project was implemented from August, 2013 – November, 2015, by “Ecoaudit”, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine and IHPA, International HCH & Pesticides Association, Denmark, by Irina Nikolaieva, John Vijgen.

The report and annexes are available on here:

The failure of tailings management facilities is a major problem worldwide that regularly leads to severe disasters. To address this problem, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) developed “Safety Guidelines and Good Practices for Tailings Management Facilities”. These comprise recommendations to authorities on the necessary legal basis for issuing permits for the safe operation of tailings management facilities as well as recommendations to operators on their safe design. The UNECE called on the governments of UNECE countries to incorporate the safety guidelines into their national regulations and technical standards and to apply them. In subsequent years it became apparent, however, that the implementation of the safety guidelines poses problems because they set out safety standards only in general terms.
The aim of the project was to overcome the problems in the implementation of the UNECE Safety Guidelines for tailings management facilities and to thus permanently reduce the risk posed by these facilities. The practicality of the project outcomes, a Checklist and a Tailings Hazard Index (THI), was successfully tested at two Ukrainian facilities.
If you need more technical information or you have questions, please contact
Gerd Winkelmann at UBA, email:

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