OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 721 Surface fans

(1) An employer must ensure that the main surface ventilating fans

(a) are offset by not less than 5 metres from the nearest side of the mine opening, and

(b) have non-combustible air ducts and housing.

(2) An employer must ensure that the mine opening referred to in subsection (1) is protected by one or more weak walls or explosion doors, or a combination of weak walls and explosion doors, located in direct line with possible explosive forces.

(3) Despite subsection (1), the main surface ventilating fan may be located directly in front of or over a mine opening if

(a) the opening is not in a direct line with possible air blasts coming out of the mine, and

(b) there is another opening not less than 5 metres and not more than 30 metres from the fan opening

(i) that is in a direct line with possible air blasts coming out of the mine, and

(ii) that has explosion doors.