Underground mine refuge chamber expectations training: program development and evaluation.
Margolis-KA; Kingsley Westerman-CY; Kowalski-Trakofler-KM
Saf Sci 2011 Mar; 49(3):522-530
Refuge chambers are new devices for underground coal mines that provide approximately 96 h of breathable air, water, food, and supplies in the event of an emergency where miners are unable to escape. Researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) developed a training program to prepare miners for what to expect psychologically and physiologically inside of a refuge chamber. The field tests of this training revealed that it was received very positively by miners and helped impart realistic views about the physical discomforts and psychological stresses of being inside a refuge chamber.
Injury-prevention; Miners; Mine-rescue; Miners; Mine-workers; Mining; Mining-industry; Physiological-response; Psychological-adaptation; Psychological-responses; Safety-education; Safety-engineering; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Underground-mining; Work-environment; Worker-health; Worker-motivation; Workplace-studies; Coal-mining; Coal-miners; Mine-disasters; Training;
Author Keywords: Mining; Safety; Training; Psychological health; Physiological health
Catherine Y. Kingsley Westerman, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, OMSHR, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA