Psychosocial risk management in mining

Occupational safety and health are in spotlight in the mining industry these days. Despite the decreasing trend of accidents and injuries in ore and coal mining in recent years, the main causes of accidents and injuries are yet connected with human factor. In this context, the new ISO 45003 global standard which generalizes the international experience gained in occupational psychosocial risk management has appeared in due time. Toward the psychosocial risk assessment, specific requirements of ISO 45003 should be obligatory taken into account by industries when improving their occupational safety and health management system. Industrial companies should add their management systems with information on psychosocial risk control, and include the new standard demands in all procedures and processes of documents preparation and at all management phases. The authors propose and recommend an algorithm and a rough sequence of introduction of ISO 45003 into the occupational safety and health management system of a company. Potential difficulties connected with application of the standard are identified. The article discusses the most common psychosocial factors of the work environment, distinguishes between the factors based on their controllability and demonstrates their relevance for the mining industry and personnel. The qualitative estimate of potential psychosocial risks is presented in the article in terms and conditions of the new global standard ISO 45003 with regard to specifics of the mining practice.

Keywords: psychosocial factors, psychosocial risk, control systems, management systems, integrated management systems, human factor, mining, risk management, global standard ISO 45003.
For citation:

Zinovieva O. M., Merkulova A. M., Smirnova N. A., Shcherbakova E. A. Psychosocial risk management in mining. MIAB. Mining Inf. Anal. Bull. 2022;(1):20-33. [In Russ]. DOI: 10.25018/0236_1493_2022_1_0_20.

Issue number: 1
Year: 2022
Page number: 20-33
ISBN: 0236-1493
UDK: 622,658.5, 614.8
DOI: 10.25018/0236_1493_2022_1_0_20
Article receipt date: 20.10.2021
Date of review receipt: 02.11.2021
Date of the editorial board′s decision on the article′s publishing: 10.12.2021
About authors:

O.M. Zinovieva1, Cand. Sci. (Eng.), Assistant Professor, e-mail:,
A.M. Merkulova1, Cand. Sci. (Eng.), Assistant Professor, e-mail:,
N.A. Smirnova1, Cand. Sci. (Eng.), Assistant Professor, e-mail:,
E.A. Shcherbakova1, Graduate Student, e-mail:,
1 National University of Science and Technology «MISiS», 119049, Moscow, Russia.


For contacts:

A.M. Merkulova, e-mail:


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