In Indian mines, a comprehensive programme needs to be in place to respond to any injury, illness or emergency that may occur at each mine including foreseeable industrial and natural disasters [Regulation 252 of Coal Mines Regulations, 2017/ Regulation 222 of Metalliferous Mines Regulations, 2019 (Amendment)].It will include immediate first-aid treatment, medical treatment, transportation and evacuation of injured persons, procedures to respond to emergencies that arise at the mine and make arrangements for the rescue of persons incapacitated or trapped in mines.
To draw a framework for development, implementation and audit/review of Emergency Response and Evacuation Plan (EREP)with empowerment of stakeholders by creating awareness and imparting training, on a digital platform.
Coal Mines Regulations/Proposed amendments in the Metalliferous Mines Regulations stipulates conduct of simulated emergency exercise in mines to check the elements of emergency preparedness and response systems in vogue, subject to risk assessment principles [Regulation 252 (2) of Coal Mines Regulations, 2017/ Regulation 222 (2) of Metalliferous Mines Regulations, 2019 (Amendment)]. The work elements may be summarised as:
A team of experienced mine safety professionals with proven credentials and competent Information Technology (IT) professionals with exposure to the field of mining, mentored & guided by a distinguished mine safety expert.
A tentative time line activity wise, has been furnished below.
Financial implications shall be furnished separately, in due course of time.
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