OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 695 Propane installations

(1) An employer must ensure that propane installations in proximity to underground workings are installed and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications and the Safety Codes Act.

(2) An employer must ensure that precautions are taken to prevent

(a) moving vehicles contacting propane installations, and

(a) propane from collecting in low areas.

(3) An employer must ensure that propane installations are inspected once each week by a competent worker to ensure the propane does not leak into an underground working or ventilation system of the mine or a building or other structure.

(4) An employer must ensure that, as part of the mine maintenance scheme, a competent worker examines the burners, relighters, vapourizers, storage tanks and all associated protective devices every 3 months to ensure the equipment is functioning and there is no leakage of propane.

(5) An employer must ensure that a detection system operates at all times that

(a) will detect propane leaking into the ventilation system of a mine, and

(b) visibly or audibly warns workers of the leak.

(6) An employer must ensure that no furnace or device for heating mine air is installed without the written approval of the Director.