OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 551 Fire detection systems

Subsection 551(1)

The ability to control and extinguish a fire is greatly improved with early detection of the fire. Detection devices used in mines must be continuously operational to be effective. They must also be capable of giving a warning signal if their ability to monitor for and detect fire is impaired. The employer can then immediately repair or replace non-functioning devices. The effectiveness of such equipment is greatest if automatically connected to an audible alarm in a permanently attended communication station or control room.

Subsection 551(2)

Specific locations where detection systems should be located are identified throughout this Part. If the Director thinks an additional device is needed at a particular location, this section authorizes the Director to order the installation of such a device.