Tailing Material Handling



Potential Hazard

Required control


Examine and wear personal

protective equipment

Utilisation of Inappropriate PPE

Wear the prescribed PPE.


Ensure that the Long handle

Scoop or scraper is in good condition

poor clearing of solid from filter cloth

If the scoop is damaged, report and request a new scoop.


Ensure the filtration slurry density is not more than 40% and pressure gauge is on the 0.8 kPa

Poor separation of slurry components

Ensure the slurry Pumps are effective


Regulate filtration batch between 12 to 14 minute

Poor cake (solid) formation

Report malfunctioning of Filter Press sections


Ensure the readiness of partner operator

Personal injury

Verify the position of partner


Position the filter plate at clearance mode

Poor solid clearance

Ensure elimination of friction on the moving parts


Ensure that clean filtrate flow through the discharge launder leading to the settling pond

Poor solid cake formation

Make sure worn-out filter cloths are changed before filtration start


Submerge the flat part of the scraper into the solid on the filter cloth

Damage of filter cloth

Clean scraper after every batch


Sample the solid and the filtrate for Internal laboratory test

Environmental hazard

Ensure clean sampling bags and bottles are available


Clear off all solid on the surface of the filter cloth unto the concrete floor for offloading to Pit

Poor filtration during subsequent batch

It is good practice to clean all needed equipments for effective operation


Ensure the good operation condition of standby tailing press and ancillaries are met and ready to run when needed

Stoppage of plant and lost production

Environmental hazard

Test start all standby equipments that relate to the operation of standby tailing Filter press


Solution (Filtrate) and solid (cake) Sample submission to external laboratory for testing

Violation of regulatory agencies’ policies

Ensure well labelled samples are available for submission