OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 704 Underground fuel stations

Subsection 704(1)

Underground filling operations and fuel storage areas are managed with extreme care and discipline because of the ever-present potential for fire and explosion. Filling stations must be certified by a professional engineer.

Subsection 704(2)

The requirements stated in this section are the minimum required for controlling fire and explosion hazards and ensuring worker safety. Key features are systems to control or collect fuel seepage and the use of non-flammable construction materials. Outward opening fireproof doors are also mandatory.

Subsection 704(3)

Due to the ever present risk of fire, each fuel station must be equipped with suitable fire fighting equipment that is readily available and easily accessible.