OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
Bookmark this page

Part 36 Mining

Section 701 Mine outlets

(1) An employer must ensure that there are at least two separate and independent mine openings or outlets by which workers can leave a mine.

(2) An employer must ensure that the mine openings

(a) Repealed

(b) are connected to the mine voice communication system.

(2.1) An employer must ensure that the mine openings or outlets are certified by a professional engineer so that in the event of any reasonably foreseeable incident, at least one opening will allow egress of workers.

(3) Subsection (1) does not apply to the following:

(a) a new mine where mine openings are being constructed;

(b) where the mine voice communication system is in the process of being constructed between mine openings;

(c) where ground is being excavated for the purpose of searching for or proving mineral deposits.

(4) If there is only a single means of exit in an underground working, an employer must ensure that the number of workers in the working is never greater than nine in total, unless others are needed to secure the health and safety of those nine workers in an emergency.