OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 682 Underground coal mine surveyor

Subsection 682(1)

The OHS Code does not specify the qualifications and experience required for an underground coal mine surveyor. The employer is responsible for ensuring the mine surveyor is competent. The plans and records created by the surveyor are used to locate workers, trouble areas, facilities, rescue routes, ventilation systems and other materials during an emergency. To ensure successful emergency response, the surveyor’s records must be accurate and up-to-date.

Subsection 682(2)

The availability and preparation of accurate and up-to-date survey information is vitally important for a successful and safe underground coal mine. Under the direction of the mine manager, the mine surveyor is assigned full responsibility for conducting surveys and developing plans required under this Part.

Subsection 682(3)

The employer must ensure that workers involved in surveying are competent and the employer must also be assured of the integrity of the final product. This is ensured by having all survey plans approved by a professional engineer.