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The Mines Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART 1 INTERPRETATION AND GENERAL

    1. 1.Citation, commencement and extent

    2. 2.Interpretation

    3. 3.Meaning of “mine”

    4. 4.Application of these Regulations

  3. PART 2 HEALTH AND SAFETY MANAGEMENT

    1. 5.Duties of the owner

    2. 6.Notification of mining operations

    3. 7.General duties of the mine operator

    4. 8.Co-operation

    5. 9.Health and safety document

    6. 10.Management structure

    7. 11.Competence

    8. 12.Instructions, rules and schemes

    9. 13.Permits to work

    10. 14.Inspection of the mine

    11. 15.Maintenance and inspection of equipment

    12. 16.Record of persons below ground

    13. 17.Danger areas

    14. 18.Power of safety representatives to report imminent risk

  4. PART 3 CONTROL OF MAJOR HAZARDS

    1. Fire protection

      1. 19.General duty

      2. 20.Fire protection plan

    2. Explosive atmospheres

      1. 21.Application of regulations 22 and 23

      2. 22.Explosive atmospheres

      3. 23.Ignition risks

      4. 24.Application of regulations 25 and 26

      5. 25.Burning and welding in coal mines

      6. 26.Risks of explosion in coal mines

    3. Explosives

      1. 27.Application of regulations 28 to 31

      2. 28.General duties relating to explosives

      3. 29.Duties relating to explosives in mines with explosive atmospheres

      4. 30.Storage of explosives

      5. 31.Rules

    4. Ground movement

      1. 32.Duty to take ground control measures

    5. Inrushes

      1. 33.Precautions against inrushes

      2. 34.Information about inrush hazards

      3. 35.Mine workings in potentially hazardous areas

    6. Shafts, outlets and winding

      1. 36.Shaft construction and modification

      2. 37.Equipment in relevant shafts and outlets

      3. 38.Safety features of winding apparatus

      4. 39.Inspection, maintenance and testing

      5. 40.Signalling and communication

    7. Transport systems

      1. 41.Transport systems

      2. 42.Transport rules

  5. PART 4 VENTILATION

    1. 43.Ventilation

  6. PART 5 THE MINE ENVIRONMENT

    1. Inhalable and respirable dust in coal mines

      1. 44.Application of COSHH below ground in coal mines

      2. 45.Assessment and control of inhalable and respirable dust in coal mines

    2. Lighting and personal lamps

      1. 46.Lighting

      2. 47.Personal lamps

  7. PART 6 SAFE EXIT, ESCAPE AND RESCUE

    1. 48.Exits from the mine

    2. 49.Ways out from places of work

    3. 50.Emergency routes and emergency doors

    4. 51.Auxiliary equipment

    5. 52.Intake airways

    6. 53.Duties of the mine operator with regard to escape and rescue

    7. 54.Escape and rescue plan

    8. 55.Emergency equipment and communication systems

    9. 56.Training and information

    10. 57.Self-rescuers

  8. PART 7 SURVEYORS AND PLANS

    1. 58.Surveyor

    2. 59.Working plans, sections, ventilation plans and geological map

  9. PART 8 TIPS AND TIPPING

    1. 60.General duty to ensure safety of tips

    2. 61.Appraisal of tips

    3. 62.Geotechnical assessments

    4. 63.Tips which are a significant hazard (notifiable tips)

    5. 64.Records of substances tipped

    6. 65.Notification of tips

    7. 66.Tips rules

    8. 67.Abandoned tips

  10. PART 9 GENERAL

    1. 68.Record keeping

    2. 69.Plans of abandoned mines

    3. 70.Exemptions

  11. PART 10 TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS, REPEALS, REVOCATIONS AND MODIFICATIONS

    1. 71.Transitional provisions: general

    2. 72.Transitional provisions: tips

    3. 73.Repeals and revocations

    4. 74.Modifications

  12. Signature

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      Support System Standards for Coal Mines

      1. 1.In the case of face workings where props are used—...

      2. 2.In the case of face workings where bars are used—...

      3. 3.In the case of workings where powered supports are used—...

      4. 4.For the purpose of paragraph 3— (a) “powered support” means...

      5. 5.In the case of face workings where packs are used—...

      6. 6.In the case of face workings where persons work or...

      7. 7.In this Schedule, “face working”— (a) in relation to a...

      8. 8.In the case of roadways where props and bars are...

      9. 9.In the case of roadways where steel arches are used...

      10. 10.In the case of roadways where rockbolts are used as...

      11. 11.In the case of roadways where machines are used to...

      12. 12.In the case of roadways where persons work or pass...

      13. 13.For the purpose of this Schedule, “bar” means a support...

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      Content of Geotechnical Assessments

      1. 1.Site Survey

      2. 2.Site investigation

      3. 3.Cross-sections based on site investigations

      4. 4.Plans based on site investigation

      5. 5.Assumptions made before analysis

      6. 6.Findings of analysis

      7. 7.Design coming out of analysis

      8. 8.Requirements during and after construction

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      Repeals

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      Revocations and partial revocations

      1. PART 1 Revocations

      2. PART 2 Partial revocations

    5. SCHEDULE 5

      Modifications

      1. PART 1 Modifications to primary legislation

        1. 1.In the 1969 Act: (a) for section 156 substitute the...

      2. PART 2 Modifications to secondary legislation

        1. 2.In the Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations (Northern Ireland)...

        2. 3.In the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations (Northern Ireland)...

        3. 4.In the Electricity at Work Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1991—

        4. 5.In the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations (Northern Ireland)...

        5. 6.In the Health and Safety (Enforcing Authority) Regulations (Northern Ireland)...

        6. 7.In the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (Northern Ireland)...

        7. 8.In the Ionising Radiations Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000 in regulation...

        8. 9.In PUWER, in place of regulation 6(5)(d) substitute—

        9. 10.In the Quarries Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 in regulation 3(1)(c)...

        10. 11.In the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004, in...

        11. 12.In the REACH Enforcement Regulations 2008, in paragraph 1(m)(ii) of...

        12. 13.In the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations...

  13. Explanatory Note

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