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(a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, a safety committee shall be organized at each place of employment to which these Orders apply.
Members of the committee shall acquaint themselves with the Safety Orders of the Division.
They shall review and discuss the cause of accidents occurring to employees in the mine or operations connected therewith, and shall devise and recommend ways and means for the prevention of accidents.
They shall carry on safety education among the employees and encourage employees to make safety suggestions. All safety suggestions shall be considered by the committee.
At least once every month a safety committee shall make a detailed inspection of all working places, and equipment. They shall note any unsafe practices and conditions and shall promptly report their findings to the person in charge. A written record shall be made of the suggestions offered and action taken.
(b) At mines employing fewer than five men, personal safety instruction for all employees each month will be accepted in lieu of the safety committee required by subsection (a) of this section.