OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 557 Water supply

An employer at an underground coal mine must ensure that the water supply meets the following:

(a) the supply of available water intended for fire fighting is not less than 100 cubic metres;

(b) the system can supply water to any part of the mine at the pressure and volume necessary for fire fighting;

(c) if electric pumps are used to maintain the water supply, there is a standby pumping system whose power supply is not dependent on the main electrical system for the mine;

(d) if the main fire fighting water supply is located in a return air roadway, then supply control valves must be located at appropriate intervals in the intake air roadway(s).