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

The failure of tailings management facilities is a major problem worldwide that regularly leads to severe disasters. To address this problem, a methodology for tailings safety – comprised of a tailing hazard index, checklists and a measure catalogue – was developed and tested within a project on improving tailings safety in Ukraine, financed by Germany under the framework of the Convention in 2013-2015. The methodology is based on the UNECE Safety Guidelines and Good Practices for Tailings Management Facilities and provides a practical tool for application by operators and competent authorities to reduce the risks posed by tailings management facilities. It is available at:
More information about the project on improving tailings safety and the methodology can also be found at: and