OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 690 Shift report

Subsection 690(1)

To ensure the continuity of communication between shifts and shift foremen, an underground coal mine foreman must complete a shift report. Normally, for thoroughness, that report is finalized at the end of the shift. Any unusual safety hazards or issues must be highlighted in the shift report for the benefit of both the on-coming shift foreman and the employer.

Subsection 690(2)

Given that the shift report prepared by the previous foreman could contain essential information related to mine conditions or unusual hazards, the on-coming foreman must read and initial the report. Any unusual circumstances must be brought to the attention of on-coming workers.

Subsection 690(3)

To provide mine workers with the most current information related to mine conditions before work begins, the on-coming foreman must personally inspect the section of the mine where his or her workers will be assigned. This requirement is mandatory unless the assigned area has been inspected by another underground coal mine foreman in the preceding four hours. Of particular concern is the possibility of unstable ground, a build-up of explosive gases, an accumulation of water or other dangerous situation that could place on-coming workers at risk of injury.

Subsection 690(4)

If workers remain in the mine at the end of a shift to complete a critical task or for assigned overtime, the current shift foreman must post an inspection report that lists the names and locations of the remaining workers. This posting of information is of benefit to the remaining workers and the on-coming workers since the actions of one group could be hazardous to the other.

Subsection 690(5)

To make sure that the report described in subsection (4) is visible and available to anyone who might need to see it, it must be posted in a designated location. During an emergency, the employer must be able to quickly determine how many workers are in the mine. This can be of particular assistance to mine rescue personnel if an emergency rescue is necessary.