Scope includes any plant or building fire or explosion on site, including flammable substances e.g. MIBC, diesel, chemicals. High risk areas including MCCs, MIBC, fuel storage areas (ie. diesel tanks) person unable to escape from plant / building, disorientation / inhalation of smoke. Includes hot work management. Scope excludes bushfires, tyre fire and explosives (blasting).
To ensure coal mine workers are not exposed to an uncontrolled fire/explosion event through the effective separation and management of fuel sources from potential ignition sources. Ensure fire detection and preparedness requirements are resourced and maintained to alert and reduce the impact from uncontrolled fire.
250.01 GRM SOP Hazardous Substances
A system must be in place to ensure identification and separation of flammable substances from potential ignition sources.
1a) Select 2 laydown, chemical storage and/or work fronts and verify the following:
Are flammable and combustible materials stored in a manner to prevent outbreak of fire or explosion?
Are chemicals and combustible materials stored/segregated in a manner that prevents a spread of any fire or combustion to other high-risk locations?
Are incompatible materials that may lead to fire/combustion are adequately segregated?
1b) Select 2 CMW's in the area and verify the following:
Do they have site approval for use protocols for flammable / combustible / explosive materials are understood and is the process clear?
Name of Material Checked:
Can they explain how to check if a flammable / combustible / explosive material is approved for use on site?
Can they identify where they would locate the appropriate iPick station?
Can they demonstrate the use of ChemAlert on iPick to verify a flammable / combustible / explosive material is approved for use on site?
With reference to the Safety Data Sheet (SDS), is the flammable / combustible / explosive material being stored correctly and separate from potential ignition sources?
1c) Verifier to test the site ChemAlert system is up to date and site approval for use protocols are being complied with.
Select 4 random material / substances / chemicals and check against ChemAlert to ensure they have been approved for use on site.
Separation, Maintenance and Inspection
Adequate separation and/or maintenance and inspection regimes to prevent accumulation of fuel and ignition sources resulting in uncontrolled outbreak of fire.
GRM HSE Waste Management Plan
A system must be in place to ensure identification and separation of ignition sources from flammable and combustibles materials in order to prevent outbreak of plant and building fires
2a) Select 2 buildings / areas and verify the following:
Are waste and storage areas segregated and maintained?
Are non-designated waste holding locations free from waste build-up?
Waste holding locations are not exposed to potential ignition sources?
A system must be in place to detect and
reduce the impact from potential plant, building and equipment fires, such as reasonable access to fire fighting equipment and suppression systems where applicable.
3a) Select 2 buildings and verify the following:
Is statutory testing on fire detection and dousing systems in date?
Select 5 Fire Extinguishers and verify they are in date, pressurised and statutory inspection last 6 months.
3b) Verifier to test the site fire management system is up to date, and being complied with.
Select 2 buildings and verify the following:
Are there corresponding 1SAP work orders in place for routine maintenance of fire detection and fire fighting systems?
Does the fire detection inspection report (Chubb) reflect the equipment and is in date?
Building and Plant Design
Buildings and plant must be constructed and operated in a manner which ensures two forms of emergency egress.
4a) Select 2 buildings / high risk areas and validate that there are two forms of adequate emergency egress
Is there two forms of adequate emergency egress (check for clear access way, integrity, signage etc)?
4b) Select 1 person in the building / high risk area and validate that two forms of emergency egress are known and understood:
Can the person identify and locate two forms of emergency egress for the building / area?
Emergency process is carried out in accordance with the 'GRM PLN Emergency Response Plan'.
5a) Select 2 buildings, and verify the following:
Is the Emergency plan in place, up-to-date and placed in a prominent location/s?
Have Emergency warden/s been nominated for the area?
Are Emergency exists in place / operational (light)?
Is a mine radio available / charged?
5b) Select two CMW's from the building / high risk area, and verify the following:
Are the emergency response responsibilities of personnel understood and is process is clear?
Has an emergency warden been appointed for the building? (Do they know who the emergency warden is?)
Do they know how to raise an emergency in their work area?
How do they know when an emergency has been raised?
How would they respond when an emergency has been raised?
How do they know if an emergency raised has an impact on their work area?
How do they know when an evacuation of their work area is required?
Do they know where the allocated muster point is for their work area?