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Self-contained self-rescuer field evaluation: first year results of 5-year study.

Authors
Kyriazi-N; Kovac-JG; Shubilla-J; Duerr-W; Kravitz-J
Source
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 9051, 1986 Jan;; :1-12
NIOSHTIC No.
10005310
Abstract
A joint effort by the Bureau of Mines and the Mine Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, was undertaken to determine how well self-contained self-rescuers (scsr's) deployed in accordance with federal regulations (30 cfr 75.1714) Held up in the underground environment. This report presents findings regarding laboratory-tested breathing apparatus from the first year of a 5-yr program as well as other related findings. The scsr's were tested on human subjects and on a breathing and metabolic simulator. These results indicate that the apparatus, if well-treated, perform as expected except for manufacturing defects or quality control problems, which are identified. However, when the apparatus are carried in and out of the mine every day and stored at the working section, they may suffer abuse that can be extreme. Physical signs of abuse, unless extremely obvious, frequently are not detected by the miners or the mine operators; this poses a danger to a potential user in case of emergency. Recommendations include improved training in inspection procedures.
Keywords
Performance-tests; Inspection; Survival-equipment; Rescue-equipment; Safety-devices; Mines-excavations; Breathing-apparatus; SCSR; Self-contained-self-rescuer; Mineral-industries;
Publication Date
19860101
Document Type
IH; Report of Investigations
Fiscal Year
1986
NTIS Accession No.
PB87-171559
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
RI-9051
NIOSH Division
PRC
Source Name
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 9051
State
PA
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