Safety and Health in Underground Coal Mines

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International Labour Office, 2009 - Medical - 353 pages
This code of practice on safety and health in underground coal mines reflects the many changes in the industry and its workforce, as well as new developments in occupational safety and health policies and ILO instruments on occupational safety and health. A leaner, multi-skilled workforce, new technology and less prescriptive, more systems-oriented approach to addressing safety and health are also reflected in this code.The code sets out a national framework that specifies the roles of the competent authorities, employers, workers and their organizations. It also comprises a methodology for identifying hazards, preventing and minimizing risks, as well as specific provisions for safe underground coal mining operations.
These specific provisions address most of the currently identified hazards and risks associated with underground coal mining. When used in conjunction with the codes methodology for hazard identification, risk assessment and control process, these provisions represent current best practice. As the same time, the code is drafted in a way not to inhibit the development of new technologies, better practice or the adoption of alternative measures that provide effective protection to all persons involved in underground coal mining.

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Contents

Introduction
1
Annexes
2
Occupational safety and health management systems
24
Prevention and protection
29
General physical chemical safety and ergonomic hazards
37
Flammable coal dust
62
Mine fires
74
Inrushes of water gas or other material
86
Storagebattery locomotives and battery
178
Support of roof and walls
198
Ventilation
208
Lamps and lighting
245
Personal protective equipment
257
Contingency emergency preparedness and rescue
267
Work organization
283
Special protection
289

Machinery and plant equipment
99
Explosives and shotfiring
110
Surface buildings other surface structures and surface roads
126
Surveyors and plans
133
Means of access and egress including hoisting
140
Roads
168
Haulage and transport
170
Bibliography
295
Workers health surveillance
299
Establishing an OSH management system
307
Occupational exposure limits for hazardous substances
326
Index
333
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