OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 685 Mine manager

(1) An employer must

(a) appoint an underground coal mine manager to supervise daily activities at an underground coal mine,

(b) notify the Director of the appointment without undue delay, and

(c) Repealed.

(2) An employer may appoint an underground coal mine foreman as a temporary underground coal mine manager if

(a) the foreman holds an underground coal mine foreman’s certificate,

(b) not more than 30 workers in total are working underground at any one time, and

(c) the appointment is for a period that does not exceed seven calendar days.

(3) An employer must ensure that whenever the underground coal mine manager is absent from the mine  site for a period not exceeding seven calendar days, the underground coal mine manager maintains, as far as is reasonably practicable, constant communication with the mine site.

(4) An employer must appoint an acting underground coal mine manager for any absence of the underground coal mine manager that exceeds seven calendar days but is less than 90 calendar days.

(5) An employer must

(a) appoint a new underground coal mine manager for any absence of the underground coal mine manager that exceeds 90 calendar days, and

(b) inform the Director of the appointment as soon as possible.