What are Trigger Action Response Plans (TARPs)?

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Trigger Action Response Plans (TARPs) are an essential tool for the mining industry. Discover what TARPs are, why they are important and what benefit you and your organisation could achieve with them.

What are Trigger Action Response Plans (TARPs)?

TARPs are a fairly common tool in the mining industry. They are used to manage deviations from normal working conditions, outlining an agreed response or set of actions required by workers to a particular deviation.

TARPs would typically define which conditions will cause a TARP to activate or escalate (triggers). Triggers can be based on a variable exceeding a threshold for a period of time. When a trigger has met its conditions the TARP is activated or escalated and a pre-defined set of actions must be followed by teams including operators, engineers, supervisors and managers.

A TARP typically includes various levels of response: normal, elevated and critical. Each level has its own set of procedures that are designed to address the specific conditions that are present at that level.

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Why are Trigger Action Response Plans (TARPs) important?

Trigger Action Response Plans are important because they help businesses respond quickly and effectively to abnormal situations. By having a TARP in place, teams no longer need to waste time thinking about how to respond, because they have already done that thinking in a controlled environment when the pressure is off, meaning they can simply follow an agreed plan.

In addition, TARPs can help businesses comply with regulatory requirements. Many industries are required by law to have emergency response plans in place, and TARPs can help businesses meet those requirements.

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An example of Mipac's Digital TARP

What are the benefits of TARPs?

 

1. Manage risks

TARPs help organisations manage risks in a controlled manner, ensuring critical controls are in place and effective. By identifying triggers and planning responses, businesses can minimise the impact of events on their operations. Responding faster and smarter will prevent downtime and reduce production losses.

2. Improve safety

TARPs can help improve safety in the workplace by ensuring that employees know what to do outside of normal operating conditions. This not only helps teams make better decisions but can prevent people from doing things that might put people or equipment at risk or make the situation worse.

3. Meet regulatory requirements

Some industries, such as healthcare and construction, are required by law to have TARPs in place. By implementing a TARP, businesses can ensure they are complying with regulations and avoid potential fines.

TARPs are an important tool for proactively managing risks and ensuring there is a plan in place for when things go wrong. By identifying triggers, determining actions, and planning responses in advance, businesses can minimise the impact of events on their operations, improve safety, ensure business continuity, and meet regulatory requirements.

If you’re interested in learning more about TARPs or want to implement them for your business, reach out to a Mipac specialist today. To learn more about Mipac’s Digital TARP, download our product guide.

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