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Code of Virginia
Title 45.1. Mines and Mining
Chapter 14.3. Requirements Applicable to Underground Coal Mines
11/28/2020

§ 45.1-161.202. Emergency response plans; list of next of kin.

A. Operators shall develop an emergency response plan for each mine. The plan shall include (i) a mine emergency communication plan, (ii) an evacuation procedure, (iii) the identification of waterlines, (iv) the number system of brattice, (v) the location of escapeways, and (vi) such other information as the Chief may reasonably require.

B. The operator shall maintain a list of the next of kin of all miners employed at the mine. The list shall be kept at the mine site or at a central facility readily accessible to the mine.

C. An emergency response plan shall be subject to approval by the Chief or mine inspector. The Chief may require periodic updates to an operator's emergency response plan. Operators shall comply with the requirements of the approved plan.

D. The emergency response plan shall be posted in a conspicuous manner and place, readily accessible to all miners, underground and at the surface of the mine.

E. The operator shall train miners in the implementation of the emergency response plan and shall conduct practice drills. Records of dates and times of practice drills shall be maintained in the emergency response plan.

F. Each miner employed by the operator who goes underground and each visitor authorized to enter the mine by the operator shall have available an adequate supply of self-rescue devices, each of which provides one hour or longer protection and is approved by the Mine Safety and Health Administration. The training related to self-rescue devices shall be included in the emergency response plan approved by the Chief.

Code 1950, § 45-14.1; 1954, c. 191; 1966, c. 594, § 45.1-89; 1974, c. 323; 1978, c. 118; 1984, c. 590; 1985, c. 500; 1994, c. 28; 1996, c. 774; 2006, c. 291.

The chapters of the acts of assembly referenced in the historical citation at the end of this section may not constitute a comprehensive list of such chapters and may exclude chapters whose provisions have expired.