OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 699 Permanenly attended stations

Subsection 699(1)

It is expected that an underground coal mine has at least one permanently attended voice communication station on the surface. A permanently attended station provides a critical link to workers underground and is used to pass on both routine operating and periodic emergency information.

This subsection requires that the permanently attended surface station be equipped with a telephone connection to the public telephone system. This ensures that additional emergency response assistance can be requested immediately.

Subsection 699(2)

For the primary purpose of alerting mine workers and emergency response personnel, the permanently attended surface communication station must be equipped with an audible alarm system. The alarm system must be installed and maintained so that it can be initiated from the permanently attended surface station in an emergency.

The alarm system must alarm on the surface and in the underground workings to initiate an evacuation of workers underground.