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Support for Hybrid and Dockable SCSR (Miner Act) - FY10

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  • Develop and Evaluate a Person Wearable Dockable and Hybrid SCSR
Hybrid & Dockable Self Contained Self Rescuer (S C S R) diagram

Applicable Standards

  • 42 CFR Part 84 (Subpart H, Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus)
  • 42 CFR Part 84 (Subpart I, Gas Masks)

Key Partners

  • Technical Products Inc (TPI) (Contractor)
  • MSHA


  • NMA
  • UMWA
  • BCOA

Project Scope

  • Development of both a Dockable and Hybrid Person-Wearable Self-Contained Self-Rescuer
  • Project development conducted in two phases:
    • Phase 1: Research and Development - 6 months
    • Phase 2: Prototype Construction and Validation Testing - 12 Months
  • Field testing 200 units in option exercised


  • Delivery of additional (200) units: Dec 08 - Jun 09 ($654, 601.00)
  • Contractor did not deliver units for field testing by contract close, but still expects to submit unit for approval in calendar 2010.


  • A dockable, hybrid SCSR that will enable breathable-air options to a worn device without exposing the wearer to contaminated ambient atmosphere.


  • The new SCSR will significantly improve the ability for miners to survive an underground mine fire or explosion. Today's SCSR's will provide only a finite amount of breathing air. New devices can provide a much longer supply limited only by the number of additional "add-on" supplies available.
Page last updated: April 5, 2010
Page last reviewed: April 5, 2010
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory