Mining Publication: A Survey of Atmospheric Monitoring Systems in U.S. Underground Coal Mines

Original creation date: February 2018

Authors: J Rowland, S Harteis, L Yuan

Peer Reviewed Journal Article - April 2018

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20051039

Min Eng 2018 Feb; 70(2):37-40

In 1995 and 2003, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) conducted surveys to determine the number of atmospheric monitoring systems (AMS) that were being used in underground coal mines in the United States. The survey reports gave data for the different AMS manufacturers, the different types of equipment monitored, and the different types of gas sensors and their locations. Since the last survey in 2003, MSHA has changed the regulation requirements for early fire detection along belt haulage entries. As of December 31, 2009, point-type heat sensors are prohibited for use for an early fire detection system. Instead, carbon monoxide (CO) sensors are now required. This report presents results from a new survey and examines how the regulation changes have had an impact on the use of CO sensors in underground coal mines in the United States. The locations and parameters monitored by AMS and CO systems are also discussed.

First page of A Survey of Atmospheric Monitoring Systems in U.S. Underground Coal Mines
Peer Reviewed Journal Article - April 2018

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20051039

Min Eng 2018 Feb; 70(2):37-40


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