(225 ILCS 710/42)
(from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4250)
It shall be the duty of the operator of every
mine, for the purpose of improving the sanitation thereof and preserving the
health of those employed therein, to provide dry closets, water closets, or
closet cars upon all main working levels for the use of all men and women
employed in the mine. At least one such closet shall be provided for every 25
men employed within the mine and one for every 25 women. Ready means of access
to each closet shall be provided by the operator. No closet shall be
constructed without adequate provision for the effectual cleansing and removing
of the contents thereof, which shall be removed and disposed of at least once
in every day. It shall be the duty of the mine foreman to cause each dry closet
to be supplied with some disinfectant or deodorizer to be sprinkled upon the
contents thereof. It shall be the duty of all people employed within any mine
where such closets are provided to use such closets exclusively when in the
mine and the neglect or failure of any people employed in a mine to use such
closets when provided shall constitute a misdemeanor. The neglect or failure of
the operator of any mine to provide closets as required by this Section shall
constitute a misdemeanor: Provided, however, that this Section shall not apply
to any mine where the operator or superintendent prefers to permit the people
to go to the surface, and requires the people so to do.
Every stable or other place underground used for the housing of mules,
horses, or other animals shall be thoroughly cleaned and the waste contents
thereof removed to the surface at least every 24 hours.
It shall also be the duty of the operator of every mine to provide a
good quality of drinking water for the use of all people employed in the mine,
a supply of which shall be provided on each main working level, and it
shall be the further duty of the superintendent to cause such supply of
drinking water to be adequately protected from contamination by dust and
from promiscuous drinking from the supply vessel on the part of the people.
It shall be the duty of the inspector of mines to see that the
provisions of this Section are complied with, and in the event of
noncompliance to institute the proper proceedings under Section 50 of this Act.
The operator of every mine employing more than 50 people underground shall
provide a dressing room or change house for the purpose of drying the
clothing of the people employed in and about the mine, and such dressing
room or change house shall be provided with adequate means of heating and
lighting. Such dressing room or change house shall be available
free of cost, at all reasonable hours.
Separate dressing rooms or change houses shall be provided for men and women.
Every person employed in a mine who damages or misuses, or fails to use
when necessary, any appliances for the prevention of dust, fumes, or smoke,
or any other sanitary appliances provided by the operator shall be deemed
guilty of an offense under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)