OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 559 Refuge stations

(1) An employer at an underground coal mine must ensure that there are refuge stations located at strategic places in the mine.

(2) A refuge station must

(a) be big enough to accommodate all workers working in the vicinity during 1 shift,

(b) have water, air and a system that communicates effectively with the surface, and

(c) be separated from adjoining workings by closeable fireproof doors arranged and equipped to prevent gases entering the refuge station.

(3) An employer at an underground coal mine must ensure that the number of workers that can be accommodated in a refuge station is posted outside of the entrance to the station.

(4) The Director may exempt an underground coal mine or part of a mine from subsection (1).