OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 587 Maintenance records

Subsection 587(1)

Effective record keeping preserves a detailed history of vehicle problems, maintenance repairs and test records. This information is used to assess vehicle performance and the overall mechanical condition of the vehicle. It is also useful when planning annual production capability and when justifying equipment replacements. Maintenance history is also an important consideration during incident investigations.

The employer is required to maintain a maintenance record on each rubber-tired, self-propelled machine.

Subsection 587(2)

To ensure that relevant maintenance information is kept for a reasonable period of time, the OHS Code specifies that each record must be maintained for a period of 3 years from the date that a specific activity was performed. Since an occupational health and safety officer may request the maintenance records at any time, the employer must make such records available at the mine.