OHS Regulation

Published Date: October 01, 2013
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Section 1 Definitions

In this Regulation,

(a) “acceptance” means an acceptance issued under section 34 of the Act;

(b) “Act” means the Occupational Health and Safety Act;

(c) “asbestos” includes all forms of asbestos;

(d) “blaster’s permit” means a permit for non-mining operations referred to in section 17(1);

(e) “blasting area”, except at a mine site, means the area extending at least 50 metres in all directions from any place in which explosives are being prepared, fired or destroyed or in which armed charges are known or believed to exist;

(f) “coal dust” means dust that

(i) results from the mining, transporting or processing of coal,

(ii) is of a pure or mixed carboniferous, mineralogical composition, and

(iii) contains 10% or less of free silica calculated by weight;

(g) “competent” in relation to a worker, means adequately qualified, suitably trained and with sufficient experience to safely perform work without supervision or with only a minimal degree of supervision;

(h) “direct supervision” means under the supervision of a competent worker who is

(i) personally and visually supervising the other worker, and

(ii) able to communicate readily and clearly with the other worker;

(i) “equipment” means a thing used to equip workers at a work site and includes tools, supplies, machinery, instruments and sanitary facilities;

(j) “explosive” means a chemical compound or mixture that by fire, friction, impact, percussion or detonation, may cause a sudden release of gases at a pressure capable of producing destructive effects to adjacent objects or of killing or injuring a person;

(k) “harmful substance” means a substance that, because of its properties, application or presence, creates or could create a danger, including a chemical or biological hazard, to the health and safety of a worker exposed to it;

(l) “lead” includes inorganic and organic compounds of lead;

(m) “mine” means a working, other than a drill hole made while exploring for a mineral, from which coal, metals, precious or semi-precious minerals, industrial minerals, oil sands or any other material could be extracted, whether commercially or otherwise;

(n) “mine site” means a location at which a facility for extracting a mineral by underground, strip, open pit or quarry operations exists or is to be developed, and includes

(i) a mineral processing plant, storage facility or discard disposal facility that exists or is to be developed in connection with a mine, and

(ii) all connected access roads;

(o) “mining certificate” means a certificate issued under Part 3;

(o.1) “professional engineer” means a professional engineer within the meaning of the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act;

(p) repealed AR 182/2013 s2;

(q) “silica” means crystalline silicon dioxide, including quartz and cristobalite;

(r) “surface mine” means a mine worked by strip mining, open pit mining or other surface method, including auger mining;

(s) “underground mine” means a mine other than a surface mine;

(t) “working face” means the surface from which mineable material, overburden or waste material is being removed.