OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 546 Emergency response team

(1) An employer must appoint a competent worker to be responsible for the training of workers designated under section 117.

(2) An employer must ensure that the emergency response workers referred to in subsection (1)

(a) are competent to perform the tasks assigned to them,

(b) are medically fit to perform rescue operations and other emergency work at a mine,

(c) qualify as standard first aiders in accordance with Part 11, and

(d) have completed training approved by the Director.

(3) An employer must ensure that the designated members of the emergency response team

(a) practice at least every 2 months, and

(b) make periodic tours of all of the workings so that they are familiar with the complete mine layout and the location of entrances and exits to work areas.

(4) At an underground coal mine, the underground coal mine manager must establish and maintain appropriately trained and equipped rescue teams as follows:

(a) if the number of workers underground at one time is less than 50, but greater than 10, a minimum of one team;

(b) if the number of workers underground at one time is greater than 50, a minimum of two teams;

(c) if the number of workers underground at one time is less than 10,

(i) maintain on site appropriately trained and equipped personnel to provide a first response and assessment capability, and

(ii) establish mutual aid agreements with external agencies to provide additional appropriately trained and equipped personnel.