OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 732 Diesel vehicle roads

(1) If workers operate a diesel vehicle in an underground coal mine, the underground coal  mine manager must ensure that a worker measures the air flow and the percentage of flammable gas present in the general body of air at all points that the underground coal mine manager or the Director specify.

(2) Repealed.

(3) An underground coal mine manager must ensure that a worker takes the measurements required under subsection (1)

(a) at least once each week, and

(b) whenever an alteration is made in the quantity of air circulating.

(4) If the percentage of flammable gas measured under subsection (1) exceeds 15 percent of the lower explosive limit, the underground coal mine manager must appoint a competent worker who must

(a) take further measurements under subsection (1), and

(b) immediately submit a written report of the results to the mine manager.

(5) If the percentage of flammable gas measured under subsection (1) exceeds 15 percent of the lower explosive limit continuously over a 24-hour period, the employer must install a system of continuous methane monitoring.

(6) The measurements required by subsection (4) must continue to be taken until

(a) the percentage of flammable gas measured is less than 15 percent of the lower explosive limit, or

(b) a system of continuous methane monitoring is installed.