OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 656 Blasting warnings

Subsection 656(1)

Mobile radio transmitters must be turned off within 20 metres of an electric blasting system to prevent initiation of the blast by electromagnetic energy generated during transmission.

Subsections 656(2) and 656(3)

When blasting near public highways, the general public must be warned of the blasting hazard ahead. Drivers must be advised to turn off mobile transmitters, thereby minimizing the risk of prematurely detonating explosive charges.