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During a blitz in October and November, 2011, the Ministry of Labour (MOL) will be increasing enforcement activity related to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), and Reg. 854 (Mines and Mining Plants) applicable to mechanical ventilation systems in underground mining operations, and focusing on the supply and maintenance of these systems.
Ministry of Labour mining inspectors will focus on hazards associated with low ventilation volumes resulting from the inadequate supply and maintenance of mechanical ventilation systems. In addition, inspectors will ensure that diesel powered equipment used in underground mines is being maintained according to requirements. They will also check to ensure employers are regularly testing the air quality in the underground mine.
There are approximately 35 underground mines that will be the focus of the month-long, province-wide blitz to commence October 1, 2011. Mines with diesel equipment used for production, development and support of underground mining will be visited by inspectors. Ventilation systems and practices will be inspected to ensure that adequate flows of clean air are being provided and that prescribed substances are below the requirements set out in the regulation. Inspectors will also check that diesel equipment used for underground transportation of workers, materials and blasting of rock is being maintained as prescribed.
Inspectors may take enforcement action if they find violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations.
Inspectors and will pay particular attention to the following priority areas at each workplace:
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