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PART XXIII FIRST AID
|First aid center
23.1 (1) The mine manager shall ensure that the mine is provided with a first aid center on surface, or access to such facility; which shall be maintained in good order.
(2) The first aid center referred to in sub-regulation (1) shall be -
(a) used only for first aid, medical examinations and ambulance work;
(b) adequately ventilated, illuminated and kept clean;
(c) equipped with stretchers, medical and surgical appliances and remedies for treating persons suffering from noxious gases, fumes, burn, shock and other injuries;
(d) under the control of a qualified nurse or a person who has undergone an approved course of training in first aid and life saving techniques who shall at all times be available thereat and who shall have access to a medical practitioner in cases of emergency.
(3) An ambulance or other suitable vehicle for transportation of injured or ill persons to hospital shall be readily available at the first aid center.
First aid stations
23.2 (1) The mine manager shall ensure that first aid stations, in addition to a first aid center on surface, are provided at suitable locations on the surface, where the operations are spread over a large area or are otherwise considered necessary by the Chief Inspector and in underground workings.
(2) A first aid station shall be under the charge of a person qualified in first aid and life saving techniques who shall be readily available during working hours.
(3) A first aid station shall contain at least the following items, namely -
(a) one stretcher with at least two clean blankets;
(b) one first aid box containing splints and tourniquets, triangular bandages, small, medium and large sterile packed dressings, cotton wool, safety pins, bottle of antiseptic, eye drops and a small pair of scissors;
(c) where practicable, a telephone so that the mine manager can be informed without delay of an accident which may need the attention of a doctor or nurse.
23.3 The mine manager shall ensure that : -
(a) - a sufficient number of persons employed in exploration activities on surface, in opencast workings and in underground workings undergo a course of training in first aid and hold first aid certificates issued by a competent authority or possess equivalent qualifications;
(b) - a list of persons qualified in first aid is displayed at the first aid center and first aid stations.
Reporting and recording of injuries
23.4 (1) Any person who suffers an injury or has been exposed to smoke, blasting fumes or other noxious gases shall report for examination or treatment at the first aid center before leaving the mine, even if the injury or suspected gassing has been attended to at a first aid station.
(2) The mine manager shall ensure that a record of all injuries reported is maintained at the first aid center.
Scheme for obtaining assistance
23.5 The mine manager shall, having regard to the operations conducted at the mine, formulate a scheme for obtaining medical and other assistance in the event of an emergency at the mine requiring such assistance.