OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 619 Explosive location

Subsection 619(1)

A worker is prohibited from taking an explosive product into any mine building or similar facility other than a licensed magazine. The intent here is to avoid the risk of injury to other workers or site visitors due to a premature detonation. An additional benefit is that explosives are less likely to be lost, stolen or simply misplaced, thus providing an additional measure of control.

Subsection 619(2)

Explosives must be handled with care by persons trained and qualified to do so. If explosive products are discovered in a building, both the employer and workers must ensure that a certified mine blaster is called to remove the explosives.

Subsection 619(3)

All explosives must be used or returned to the licensed magazine by the end of any shift. Any worker who has explosives in his or her possession at the end of the shift must return the explosives to the magazine and record the details in the mandatory log book. The requirement reduces the potential of theft, misplacement or premature detonation.