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The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989

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Regulation 17

SCHEDULE 1PROVISIONS APPLYING TO MINES ONLY AND HAVING EFFECT IN PARTICULAR IN RELATION TO THE USE BELOW GROUND IN COAL MINES OF FILM LIGHTING CIRCUITS

1.  In this Schedule, “film lighting circuit” means any electric circuit at a coal mine, not being permanently installed thereat, and required occasionally to supply mains electricity to electric lights for the purpose of providing illumination for photography or video-recording, and includes the said lights and any other electrical apparatus in that circuit.

2.  A film lighting circuit shall not be used unless–

(a)not less than 7 days prior to such use, details of when and where it is to be used have been notified to the Health and Safety Executive; and

(b)within the 24 hours immediately preceding such use–

(i)it has been externally examined; and

(ii)the insulation thereof and the conductance of every conductor of every flexible cable forming part of it have been tested.

3.  The manager shall make, and ensure the carrying out of, arrangements to prevent the accumulation of dust on any surface of any luminaire or apparatus in sufficient quantities to give rise to spontaneous ignition.

4.  The manager shall make suitable rules with respect to the use of film lighting circuits, for the purpose of ensuring, so far as is reasonably practicable, that such use will not give rise to danger; and those rules shall in particular require–

(a)continuous testing for firedamp when a film lighting circuit is in use; and

(b)the operation of any such circuit to be personally supervised by a competent person.

5.  No person shall fire any shot or round of shots in a place in which, or in the vicinity of which, any part of a film lighting circuit is installed.

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