Portable Mine Refuge Chambers Physiological and Psychological Evaluation – FY09
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Portable mine refuge chambers have been approved for use in West Virginia coal mines. Section 13 of the MINER Act 2006 provides for NIOSH to conduct research, including field tests in their underground mine, on the use of refuge chambers in underground coal mines.
The Research Physiology Lab at NPPTL has been asked to conduct human subject testing to determine the overall habitability of the chamber for a nominal 96 hour occupation. The testing will involve physiological and psychological evaluations and the development of training modalities.