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Update on refuge alternatives: research, recommendations, and underground deployment.

Authors
Bauer-ER; Kohler-JL
Source
Min Eng 2009 Dec; 61(12):51-57
NIOSHTIC No.
20036223
Abstract
In response to the mandates in the MINER Act of 2006, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducted refuge alternatives research that included characterizing the utility, practicality and survivability of refuge chambers and outby safe havens. NIOSH also prepared and delivered a report to Congress in late December 2007 that summarized the findings of the research, included recommendations concerning the design and performance specifications for refuge alternatives, and focused on specific information that could inform the regulatory process on refuge alternatives. This paper highlights NIOSH's research and recommendations concerning refuge alternatives, survivability evaluations of refuge chambers and presents a brief review of the current deployment of refuge chambers in underground coal mines in the U.S. The research has led to the conclusion that refuge alternatives have the potential for saving the lives of mine workers if they are part of a comprehensive escape and rescue plan and if appropriate training is provided.
Keywords
Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Mine-disasters; Mine-escapes; Mine-rescue; Coal-mining
CODEN
MIENAB
Publication Date
20091201
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
12
ISSN
0026-5187
NIOSH Division
PRL
Priority Area
Mining
Source Name
Mining Engineering
State
PA
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