OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 725 Operating procedures for booster and auxiliary fans

(1) An employer must ensure that

(a) if a booster fan or auxiliary fan stops, workers in an area that is affected by the stopping move to a place that is adequately ventilated, and

(b) a competent worker tests the affected area to ensure it is adequately ventilated before other workers enter the area.

(2) An employer must ensure that an auxiliary fan is not restarted unless a competent worker has

(a) inspected the area underground that is serviced by the auxiliary fan and has tested for flammable gases,

(b) declared in writing that it is safe to restart the auxiliary fan, and

(c) included a copy of the declaration in the supervisor’s shift report.

(3) An employer must develop a code of practice to be followed if a booster fan or an auxiliary fan stops and post it at a conspicuous location at the surface of the mine.

(4) Repealed.