OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 545 Emergency response station

Subsection 545(1)

Unless exempted by the Director, each mine must maintain and operate an emergency response station and provide facilities from which rescue operations and emergency work can be conducted.

Subsection 545(2)

Emergency equipment must be chosen for its suitability to the work site and must be regularly maintained to ensure it is always ready for operation. A suitable number of trained emergency response personnel must be available to respond to an emergency.

There are many types of rescue equipment with equally diverse capabilities and performance characteristics. Some equipment has been found to perform poorly under extreme temperature conditions. Equipment capability plays an important role in effective emergency response plan design and implementation. The reliability and effectiveness of emergency equipment are vitally important to the confidence and success of emergency response teams.

Subsection 545(3)

Because of the specialized skills and training involved, an employer must ensure that a sufficient number of workers are trained and available to safely perform a rescue operation.