Update on refuge alternatives: Research, recommendations, and underground deployment

E. R. Bauer, Jeffery L. Kohler

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Abstract

In response to the mandates in the MINER Act of 2006, 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 document 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 lead 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. DISCLAIMER: "The findings and conclusions in this report have not been formally disseminated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and should not be construed to represent any agency determination or policy".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSME Annual Meeting and Exhibit and CMA's 111th National Western Mining Conference 2009
Pages79-85
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - Nov 26 2009
EventSME Annual Meeting and Exhibit and CMA's 111th National Western Mining Conference 2009 - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: Feb 22 2009Feb 25 2009

Publication series

NameSME Annual Meeting and Exhibit and CMA's 111th National Western Mining Conference 2009
Volume1

Other

OtherSME Annual Meeting and Exhibit and CMA's 111th National Western Mining Conference 2009
CountryUnited States
CityDenver, CO
Period2/22/092/25/09

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geophysics
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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Bauer, E. R., & Kohler, J. L. (2009). Update on refuge alternatives: Research, recommendations, and underground deployment. In SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit and CMA's 111th National Western Mining Conference 2009 (pp. 79-85). (SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit and CMA's 111th National Western Mining Conference 2009; Vol. 1).