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Presolicitation Announcement: Mining Industry Surveillance System - Phase I – Stone/Sand and Gravel

Solicitation number: 2015-N-16900

The Office of Mine Safety and Health Research, NIOSH, is announcing a presolicitation for proposals to conduct a survey of the stone, sand, and gravel mining sector with the following objectives:

  1. Obtain "denominator data" so that the Mine Accident, Injury and Illness Reports, MSHA Form 7000-1, can be evaluated in relation to the population at risk. Currently, MSHA collects demographic and occupational information only for injured or ill miners. As a consequence, the accident data cannot be fully exploited to study the employee-level correlates of mining accidents.
  2. Obtain data that can be used to understand the demographic characteristics of the mining workforce.
  3. Collect information about the mining operations, such as work schedules and the use of independent contractor labor.

Request for Proposal (RFP) No. 2015-N-16900 will be issued on an unrestricted basis to full and open competition. The solicitation will be issued on or about April 22, 2015, and proposals will be due on or about May 22, 2015. A firm fixed price contract award is intended for this project. This is phase one of a planned three-part survey, and this contract will only include the tasks to conduct phase one.

Read the full presolicitation and sign up to get notifications about this opportunity at FedBizOpps.

 

Presolicitation Announcement: Canopy Air Curtain to Reduce Respirable Coal Mine Dust Exposure for Shuttle Car Operators

Solicitation number: 2015-N-16901

The Office of Mine Safety and Health Research, NIOSH, is announcing a presolicitation for proposals to reduce respirable dust exposures to underground shuttle car operators through the development of an innovative canopy air curtain design that can be implemented on shuttle cars. This design may be based upon past successful canopy air curtain research along with new innovations and must be rugged/durable to withstand an underground mine environment. The technology used in this design must meet MSHA approval for safe use in underground coal mines. The canopy air curtain design must not hinder shuttle car operator performance. Success of the shuttle car canopy air curtain will be determined by its ability to reduce the shuttle car operator's respirable coal dust exposure and its ability to operate for long durations on a shuttle car in an underground coal mine environment.

Request for Proposal (RFP) No. 2015-N-16901 will be issued on an unrestricted basis to full and open competition. The solicitation will be issued on or about April 22, 2015. Proposals will be due on or about May 22, 2015. A firm fixed price contract award is intended.

Read the full presolicitation and sign up to get notifications about this opportunity at FedBizOpps.

 

What has OMSHR looked for in past Broad Agency Announcements?

Sample 1:

Broad Agency Announcement: Development and Demonstration of Mine Safety and Health Technology - Expired January 12, 2015

In early 2015, the Office of Mine Safety and Health Research, NIOSH, solicited concept papers to conduct research, exploratory development, testing, or evaluations of new technologies to improve mine safety, or to adapt technologies from other industries for application in mining environments. The primary interest of this broad agency announcement was to promote the modification or final development of practical technologies or systems that can be adopted by the mining community in a short period of time.

Under this solicitation, proposals to conduct theoretical or basic research were not considered. NIOSH encouraged collaboration with mining industry partners who understand the reality of the mining environment and could provide insight into mine design requirements and potential commercialization of the technology.

High-priority health and safety topic areas included the development of

  • remote detectors for methane gas;
  • intrinsically safe absolute pressure sensors for mine atmosphere;
  • economically viable stopping/door systems for built-in-place refuge alternatives;
  • permissible, non-invasive rock property tools;
  • compact, high-capacity dust collectors; and
  • reduced noise fans for use in underground mines.

NIOSH also welcomed proposals related to health and safety issues outside these topic areas, as well as proposals in the surveillance area or other work that involves the extraction of predictive information that could produce useful data for identifying the future technology needs of the mining industry.

Want to see the full text of this expired BAA?

NIOSH BAA 2015-N-16825 on FedBizOpps.gov. Expired January 12, 2015. 

 


Sample 2: 

Mine Ventilation and Safety Research and Capacity Building - Expired June 5, 2014


In mid-2014, the Office of Mine Safety and Health Research, NIOSH, solicited proposals from universities or colleges specifically focused on mine ventilation to conduct work that addresses: research, exploratory development, testing, or evaluations of new innovations and technologies to improve mine health and/or safety.

Significant flexibility was given in defining proposed research areas. As such, all basic or applied mine-ventilation research topics that have an impact on health and/or safety were considered. Topics may be applicable to all types of underground mining or may be pertinent to only a specific mining method or mineral commodity. Sample research areas included but were not limited to:

• Using booster fans in coal mining,
• Ventilating large-opening mines,
• Modeling air and methane movements in gobs,
• Modeling mine fires and explosions,
• Controlling dust,
• Controlling methane liberations,
• Preventing/controlling frictional ignitions,
• Preventing/controlling mine fires,
• Preventing/controlling spontaneous combustion in gobs,
• Managing contaminated air and smoke from fires in belt airways,
• Removing airborne contaminants, e.g. dpm, through ventilation, and
• Cooling underground workings in hot mines

Contract awardees are expected to produce graduates with doctoral and/or master's degrees in mining or minerals engineering with a specialization in mine ventilation, as well as new knowledge in mine ventilation. Additionally, NIOSH sought contract awardees that are tenured or in tenure track faculty positions in the area of mine ventilation.

Want to see the full text of this expired BAA?

NIOSH BAA 2014-N-15795 on FedBizOpps.gov. Expired June 5, 2014

 


Sample 3:

Emergency Self Escape - Expired May 23, 2014

 

The objective of this procurement was to conduct thorough ergonomic and cognitive task analyses for the task of self-escape from underground coal mines in the presence of specified hazards. Additionally, this procurement sought proposals that would result in the identification and description of all the knowledge, skills, abilities (physical and cognitive) and other characteristics (KSAOs) that may be needed to successfully complete the task of self-escape. Finally, this procurement sought proposals to provide recommendations to improve the likelihood of self-escape. These findings may facilitate NIOSH and OMSHR to develop new/improved training materials and assessment methods to ensure miners possess all the KSAOs required for self-escape from underground coal mines.

This requirement was set-aside for Small Business.

Want to see the full text of this expired solicitation?

Solicitation number 2014-N-15805 on FedBizOpps.gov. Expired May 23, 2014

 


Sample 4:

Development and Demonstration of Robotics Technologies and Systems to Support Self-Escape or Rescue Efforts - Expired May 14, 2014

 

In early 2014, the Office of Mine Safety and Health Research (OMSHR) at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) had a requirement to conduct research, exploratory development, testing, or evaluations of new technologies to improve mine safety, or to adapt technologies from other industries for application in mining environments. The primary interest of this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) was to promote the modification or final development of practical robotics technologies or systems that can be adopted by the mining community in a short period of time to support self-escape or mine rescue efforts.

OMSHR is interested in robots that can:

  • be lowered through the boreholes and then navigated through the mine providing visual and atmospheric information to the operator on the surface.
  • explore several thousand feet ahead of the rescue teams and provide visual and atmospheric information to the rescued team at the fresh air base.
  • provide a "pack mule" capability for the rescue teams on a fully or semi-autonomous basis.

OMSHR is interested in explosion protection technologies that can be applied to robots to minimize or eliminate the possibility of explosion with minimal impact on the mobility and weight of the robots. The proposed solution can be either a general solution or incorporated with a solution to one of the three topic areas described previously.

Want to see the full text of this expired BAA?

NIOSH BAA 2014-N-15806 on FedBizOpps.gov. Expired May 14, 2014

 


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