Previous connected project

International project
"Improving the safety of industrial tailings management facilities based on the example of Ukrainian facilities" (completed)

Project chronology

After determination of the project participants and the initial meeting of the parties (stages 1-2 in the following table), next stage the Analysis of the legal and administrative situation in Ukraine was started. In these work Ukrainian lawyers - experts in harmonization of Ukrainian legislation in line with European Union legislation (stage 3 in following table) - were involved. The result was a document entitled "Analysis of Ukrainian legislation & administrative situation on TMF". In accordance with this analysis primary documents have been identified for creating TMF Methodology.

Based on "Guidelines for safety and good practices for TMFs" (2008), analysis of the Ukrainian legislation, practical experience of environmental auditing and local TMFs features the TMF Checklist Methodology were developed (stages 4-6).

Results were presented in November 2014 to the Steering Committee meeting for international experts. This was followed by work on the experts’ comments (stage 7).

Testing of the TMF Checklist on practice included:

- lectures for distance acquaintance including theoretical part;

- examples for calculation of TMF safety level exercises;

- correspondence by mail with trainees (consultations);

- presentations for lecturing during seminar;

- preparing information about TMF for site visit;

- TMF Checklist applying on the site-visit;

- evaluation of TMF safety level and writing a report.

After analysing all comments and remarks the TMF Methodology was adapted accordingly (stages 9-10) and in November of 2014 the second training and testing of the TMF Methodology (stage 12) was conducted and one more round of comments analysis and the TMF Methodology adaptation (stages 13-14).


Project timetable





The final alignment of project Parties

August 2013


Establishment of Steering Committee of  International Experts

August 2013


Analysis of Ukrainian legislation & administrative situation on TMF

April 2014


Development of a questionnaire with evaluation matrix

September 2013


TMF Checklist Development

October 2013


TMF  Measure Catalogue Development

November 2013


Documents reviewing due to experts’ comments

April 2013


First Testing of the TMF Methodology on practice

May 13-15, 2014


Results and comments analysis

July 2014


First reviewing of the TMF Methodology

September 2014


The method for evaluating “Tailing Hazard Index”

October 2014


Second Testing of the TMF Methodology on practice

November 04-07, 2014


Results and comments analysis

December 2014


Second reviewing of the TMF Methodology

January 2015


"User’s Guide to the TMF Checklist Methodology " development

February 2015


Professional translation of all project documents into German, English and Russian

March 2015


Final Workshop

May 19-20, 2015


The method for evaluating “Tailing Hazard Index” (stage 11) was not included as a part of the TMF Methodology, but can be used on the country or region level and on a large amount of TMFs.

Tailings Hazard Index — non dimensional parameter, which is calculated by summing the risks posed by the most important factors for the TMF safety.

As a result of the application of the method the 15 most potentially hazardous objects have been identified from 153 TMFs in Ukraine.


For a proper application of the TMF Methodology the User`s Guide was developed (stage 15 in the table above). This document includes explanations for all aspects of the Methodology from the rules of safety level evaluation to the site visit procedure and template for the report to be made.


Resulting documents (look on the right sidebar):

1. Methodology for the improvement of TMF safety

2. TMF Checklist (PDF and MS Excel formats)

3. Analysis of Ukrainian legislation & administrative situation on TMF

Methodology for TMF safety improvement 
Template Checklist for TMF

Analysis of the Ukrainian legislation and administrative situation on TMF

Analysis of Ukrainian legislation compliance with the requirements of Directive 2006/21/EC on the management of waste from the extractive industries and Roadmap of its implementation in the context of improving TMFs safety

Map of the TMFs in Ukraine

*This project is financed by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety with means of the Advisory Assistance Programme for Environmental Protection in the Countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. It is supervised by the German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt, UBA). The content of this publication lies within the responsibility of the authors.