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Design and Performance Criteria of Mine Rescue Ensembles - FY12

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  • Develop appropriate design and performance requirements for ensembles worn by mine rescue teams during emergency response. Establish best practice / guidance documents and produce recommendations for standards for mine rescue ensembles.

Miners wearing various ensembles

Applicable Standards

  • MINER Act of 2006
  • 30 CFR Part 49 - Mine Rescue Teams
  • 42 CFR Part 84 - Respiratory Protective Devices
  • NFPA Standards on Protective Clothing and Equipment
  • ASTM /AATCC Standards

Key Partners

  • Walter Energy
  • MSHA
  • Murray Energy
  • Mining Technology and Training Center


  • Mine Rescue Teams
  • Mine Operators
  • Equipment Manufacturers
  • Government Agencies
Logos of Key Partners

Project Scope

  • Identify the specific hazards and use conditions related to mine rescue ensembles
  • Determine the performance properties needed
  • Select available test methods
  • Establish design and performance criteria for ensembles including integration and interoperability


  • Q1 Award the contract, purchase materials, ship materials for testing, initiate Phase-I bench-scale testing
  • Q2 Address external peer review comments, submit revised protocol to ADS for approval, receive Phase-I data & analyze
  • Q3 Complete the Phase-I bench-scale testing & analysis of the data, initiate the Phase-II thermal manikin testing
  • Q4 Analyze the Phase-I and II data & draft a manuscript


  • Presentations at conferences (1)
  • Poster presentations at conferences (4)
  • Manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals (none to date)


  • Mine rescue teams use project outputs to select and use ensembles
  • Mine rescue ensemble manufacturers use project data to improve project designs
  • Consensus standards development organizations, government agencies and professional organizations use recommended performance requirements to develop standards and / or guidance documents
Page last updated: April 17, 2012
Page last reviewed: April 17, 2012
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
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