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Refuge alternatives in underground coal mines.
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Contract 200-2007-20276, 2008 Dec; 1:1-179
The recent tragic events at a series of coal mines in West Virginia and Kentucky have highlighted the need to reevaluate safety protections for miners subsequent to fires and explosions. The recent passage of the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 (MINER Act) has enacted legislation that mandates the addition of several specific safety requirements. Among the many new provisions, the Act requires that NIOSH conduct research to evaluate various refuge alternatives including portable refuge chambers. In response to the requirements of the MINER Act, NIOSH initiated this project to develop engineering guidelines associated with the location, construction, and general application of various refuge alternatives. The project goal is to facilitate the mining industry's rapid implementation of viable refuge concepts by addressing technical barriers or knowledge gaps that are hindering the rapid diffusion of refuge technologies throughout the underground coal industry. The overall objective of the project is to solve engineering problems or develop engineering guidelines associated with the location, construction and general application of various refuge alternatives.
Risk-factors; Hazards; Morbidity-rates; Mortality-rates; Coal-mining; Coal-miners; Underground-mining; Safety-measures; Explosions; Engineering-controls; Mining-industry; Mine-workers; Mine-disasters; Mine-escapes; Injury-prevention
Douglas Ounanian, Foster-Miller, Inc. 350 Second Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451
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Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Contract 200-2007-20276
Foster-Miller, Inc., Waltham, MA 02451
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