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    What is a Refuge Chamber?

    Refuge chambers are sealed environments, built to sustain life during an emergency or hazardous situation. These safe havens provide a secure area with shelter, water, and breathable air, where personnel can remain until rescued or the hazard subsides. – More information

  • IoT in Mining and the Resource Industry

    Innovations in technology are dramatically changing the face of safety. The expanding connectivity between people and devices has been a significant driver behind this rapid growth in modernisation. As we embrace this trend in our personal lives, organisations are also utilising technology through the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) to improve productivity and lower costs.

    IoT has the potential to dramatically impact global safety standards as well as improve data relay and communications, across a robust underground network. – More information

  • What is Refuge Chamber Commissioning?

    Commissioning is a quality-focused process necessary to ensure the site is critically equipped for an emergency. The process involves ensuring that the refuge chamber remains in perfect working condition, following delivery and installation.

    Occurring at the time of install is critical, on occasion, a chamber may not be placed underground upon immediate arrival to site. Commissioning upon installation ensures the chamber is connected and positioned correctly, meeting the safety requirements of MineARC systems, site, and an active emergency response plan. – More information

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    MineARC Tech Topic: Methane

    What are the effects of Methane in an underground environment? This MineARC TechTopic explains the dangers of Methane in coal mining and the necessity of gas monitoring. – More information

  • The Future of Safety in Mining and the Resource Industry

    MineARC System Intelligence: Smarter Technologies for Safer, More Productive Mine Sites Safety needs to embrace technology in order to keep up with the continual changes to production and manufacturing processes in the modern age. As the resource industry progresses, organisations are transitioning towards digitalisation as an integral part of not only their day-to-day operations but as a way to ensure the health and safety of site personnel. When implementing a strategy to optimise operations within a mine, an organisation needs to consider five essential aspects: personnel safety, daily operational activities, cost efficiency, ease of application, and integration into the current … – More information

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    Adding Value: Refuge Chamber Remanufacture and Extension

    Adding Value: Chamber Remanufacture and Extension Author: Erin Mackle, Europe Service Coordinator Refuge chambers are a significant but much-needed investment. With the growth of safety requirements, refuge chambers have become commonplace for the safe retreat of personnel engaged in tunnelling and underground construction. As these are finite projects, what happens to a chamber upon completion? Extending the life of refuge chambers, through remanufacture and upgrades, is both safe and cost-effective. The process generates added value, however, to ensure high safety standards remain, adhering to proper specifications is crucial. Recently, global tunnelling leader Herrenknecht remanufactured and extended several TunnelSAFE chambers in … – More information

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    The Value of Servicing

    Servicing and maintenance are a critical part of any organisation. The cost of servicing assets is a significant portion of a site’s operational budget. However, without regular servicing and maintenance checks, the value of machinery rapidly declines. – More information

  • India’s CBIP Tunnelling Workshop: The Growth of Risk Management

    Risk management is an ongoing issue in India. Due to its tectonically active surrounds, underground works across the Himalayas and throughout India can pose many additional risks. Particularly in the case of tunnelling, as projects encounter a number of geological problems such as shear zones, excessive temperature and stresses. – More information

  • Mining Indaba 2018: Innovation & Technology

    MineARC Systems, in partnership with Austrade, visited the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa to attend, Investing in African Mining Indaba 2018. 

    As the world’s largest mining investment conference, the event brings together global mining companies, investors and stakeholders as well as local government. Focusing on the advancement of mining across Africa, exhibitors and attendees gathered valuable insights from influencers and decision-makers vested in African mining. Importantly, the conference provided the ability to collect intelligence on how the confidence in mining across the continent ranks in the current financial and political climate. – More information

  • Refuge Chambers and Safety Culture

    An organisation’s safety culture plays an important role in its development. The adoption and enhancement of safety standards across industries, in particular, mining, has positively impacted economic processes and workplace culture. – More information

  • 5 Advantages of Attending Service School

    MineARC’s capacity to meet client specifications through customisation has aided in the development of a remote operating centre for Anglo American’s Grosvenor Metallurgical Coal Mine in Queensland, Australia. – More information

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    MineARC Tech Topic: Hydrogen Sulfide

    What are the effects of Hydrogen Sulfide on personnel within a mine? This MineARC TechTopic explains the importance of monitoring and removing Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) from an enclosed space. – More information

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    MineARC Discussion Topic: The Future of Safe Refuge

    Can life be continuously sustained in a sealed environment? MineARC’s monitoring and control technologies are moving closer towards providing significant refuge periods with the aid of Controlled Ecological Life Support Systems (CELSS). – More information

  • Custom Solution Developed for Remote Operating

    MineARC’s capacity to meet client specifications through customisation has aided in the development of a remote operating centre for Anglo American’s Grosvenor Metallurgical Coal Mine in Queensland, Australia. – More information

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    MineARC Tech Topic: Stench Gas Flammability

    Is Stench Gas flammable? This MineARC TechTopic explains the flammability of stench gas and how that affects emergency response procedures. – More information

  • MineARC TunnelSAFE Refuge Chambers utilized in 52km Malaysian Tunnel Project

    MineARC inspected seven TunnelSAFE Refuge Chambers during a visit to the MMC Gamuda workshops, located in Ipoh, central Malaysia; ensuring the chambers were in emergency-ready condition, ready for their deployment in the next stage of Kuala Lumpur’s Mass Rapid Transport Underground development. – More information

  • MineARC attends Zimbabwe Association of Mine Managers (AMMZ) AGM, 2017

    MineARC Africa was recently invited to speak at the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Zimbabwe Association of Mine Managers (AMMZ), marking the third consecutive year that MineARC has been given the privilege of presenting. The key topic of discussion during the meeting was ‘Managing a Successful Mine in a Volatile Business Environment’. – More information

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    MineARC Showcases ChemSAFE Technology at China Chemical Safety Symposium

    MineARC showcased the ChemSAFE Safe Havens at the 3rd China International Chemical Process Safety Management Symposium & Exhibition on Chemical Safety Technology and Equipment in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province on 21-22 September 2017. The Symposium is a biennial event co-hosted by the China Chemical Safety Association and the National Centre of International Cooperation in Work Safety. – More information

  • MineARC Sponsors First Aid and Northern Star Jundee at Mines Emergency Rescue Competition.

    MineARC was proud to sponsor the First Aid Event category and Team Northern Star Jundee, at the 7th annual Mines Emergency Rescue Competition. The event was held on the last weekend in November 2017 at Langley Park, Perth, Western Australia. – More information

  • MineARC Tech Topic: Tunnelling Design Challenges

    What are the principle safety design features of a refuge chamber for tunnelling projects? This MineARC Tech Topic explains how the MineARC TunnelSAFE Refuge Chamber is built to overcome the challenges of a
    tunnelling emergency. – More information

  • MineARC Tech Topic: Fire Protection

    What are the fundamental passive fire protection solutions offered for refuge chambers? This MineARC Tech Topic explains what fire rated materials are used to construct passive fire rated MineARC refuge chambers. – More information

  • Operator Training: ChemSAFE Standard Design (with Airlock) – Chinese Subtitles

    Operator training video for the ChemSAFE Standard Design Safe Haven with flushing airlock. Includes Chinese subtitles. – More information

  • 24 Hour Entrapment Simulation at Inmaculada Mine Site

    It is imperative all personnel working in heavy industry receive basic refuge chamber operator training as part of their emergency response training to ensure the value and importance of a refuge chamber is conveyed. In the event of an emergency, when evacuation is no-longer safe or practical, a refuge chamber is designed to provide a safe and secure ‘go-to’ area for personnel to gather and await extraction. – More information

  • Necessity of Refuge Chambers Learned Through Real Life Emergencies as Turkey to Join Many Mining Nations Mandating the Use of Underground Refuge Chambers

    As changes come into place for underground hard rock mining in Turkey in 2018, it is important to look at what these changes are and why they are being implemented. – More information

  • MineARC Tech Topic: Cartridge Vs Free Pour Chemical

    What are the fundamental differences between free pour and cartridge chemical scrubbing for refuge chambers? This MineARC Tech Topic explains the importance of equal and even pressure to the efficiency of chemical reaction to ensure the performance characteristics of the refuge chamber are optimised. – More information

  • Refuge Chambers in Turkish Hard Rock Mines

    This document addresses the procedures and principles regarding refuge chambers to be established in Turkish underground mining workplaces. – More information

  • OZ Minerals Leads the Way in Embracing New Refuge Chamber Technology

    OZ Minerals’ Carrapateena mine has become one of the first Australian sites to take advantage of MineARC’s recently released GuardIAN Remote Monitoring and Diagnostics System. – More information

  • MineARC America Celebrates MAA-500

    MineARC Systems America has reached an exciting milestone with the manufacturing of their 500th refuge chamber for the Americas, unit MAA-500. – More information

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    MineARC Tech Topic: Air Tight Environments

    Why is it necessary for refuge chambers to be air tight environments? This MineARC Tech Topic explains the importance, components and procedures necessary to ensure refuge chambers maintain an air tight environment. – More information

  • MineARC Tech Topic: Heat Loads

    What is the impact of heat loads to a refuge chamber and why does it need to be considered? This MineARC Tech Topic explains why understanding heat loads is important to temperature control within refuge chambers. – More information

  • MineARC Tech Topic: Oxygen Systems

    What are the oxygen systems supplied to a refuge chamber to keep occupants alive in the event of an emergency? This MineARC Tech Topic explains the importance of multiple oxygen systems to a refuge chamber. – More information

  • 2017 WA DMP Mines Safety Bulletin No. 141 – Maintenance of refuge chambers for underground mines

    This document draws on the importance of correct maintenance of refuge chambers in underground mines following the Department of Mines and Petroleum’s concerns that the capacity for some refuge chambers to support life in an emergency may have been compromised.

    This safety bulletin addresses the importance of correct maintenance of refuge chambers in underground mines. – More information

  • Safety a Focus at Largest Zambian Mine Site

    MineARC is pleased to have collaborated with Mopani Copper Mines PLC as they implement corrective action to strengthen the integrity and importance of safety on site. Recognising the value of emergency response preparedness, Mopani recently acquired 12 MineARC Refuge Chambers to ensure personnel are adequately protected when working underground. – More information

  • WA DMP Releases Safety Bulletin Following Refuge Chamber Maintenance Concerns

    The West Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum’s (DMP) recent safety bulletin addressing the importance of correct maintenance of refuge chambers in underground mines has highlighted industry concerns that the capacity for some refuge chambers to perform correctly in an emergency may have been compromised. These concerns arose following a number of recent refuge chamber inspections by the DMP, highlighting inadequate maintenance and ad-hoc modifications to chambers. – More information

  • Lundin Mining’s Eagle Mine Welcomes MineARC’s GuardIAN and CAMS

    The long-standing relationship between Lundin Mining’s Eagle Mine and MineARC Systems has continued to strengthen over the last five years. Scott Sweatt, MineARC’s North American Sales Representative, recently had the opportunity to introduce MineARC’s new development in refuge chamber technology – the GuardIAN Remote Monitoring and Diagnostics System – as well as the MineARC Compressed Air Management System (CAMS) to Andy Vaughn, Health & Safety Supervisor for Eagle Mine. – More information

  • MineARC Tech Topic: Gas Monitoring

    Why is it important to monitor gas levels in a sealed refuge chamber and how is this done? This MineARC Tech Topic explains why gas monitoring is an essential aspect of maintaining a life supporting atmosphere within a refuge chamber and how internal gases are monitored by our digital gas monitoring system. – More information

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    MineARC Tech Topic: Combating Carbon Monoxide

    How does Carbon Monoxide enter a sealed refuge chamber and why is it necessary to remove this gas? This MineARC Tech Topic explains how MineARC refuge chambers monitor and remove Carbon Monoxide from within occupied refuge chambers. – More information

  • MineARC Tech Topic: Batteries

    How do refuge chamber’s life support equipment and associated components function optimally during an emergency? This MineARC Tech Topic explains the importance of a reliable Uninterruptible Power Supply to refuge chambers. – More information

  • 2016 Ontario Workplace Safety North: Mine Rescue Refuge Station Report

    This report is intended to provide information to assist operations to enhance the minimum requirements for refuge stations required under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and Regulation 854: Mines and Mining Plants. – More information

  • South African Mine Site leads the way in Refuge Chamber Maintenance

    MineARC’s relationship with Palabora Mining Company (PMC) continues to grow, as the mine site embraces regular servicing and refuge chamber upgrades. PMC purchased their first MineARC Refuge Chamber in 2013; the first chamber to be manufactured and supplied out of MineARC’s South African facility. Since then, they have purchased a further two 26-person MineSAFE Standard Design chambers, as well as six Permanent Refuge Chambers, the largest accommodating 100 people. – More information

  • Hindustan Zinc Acquire their First MineSAFE Essential Design Refuge Chamber

    Hindustan Zinc Limited (HZL) have recently purchased a MineARC MineSAFE Essential Design Refuge Chamber through Indian distributor Swati Safesecure Equipments Pvt Ltd for their open-pit Rajpura Dariba Mine in Rajasthan, northern India. Featuring a narrower shell than the Standard Design, the Essential Refuge Chamber accommodates tight hard rock mining confines, making it easy to manoeuvre and position around the mine site, without compromising on safety or performance. – More information

  • MineARC Tech Topic: Carbon Monoxide & Carbon Dioxide

    What are the potential effects of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide to occupants of a refuge chamber? This MineARC Tech Topic explains the importance of monitoring and removing carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide from within occupied refuge chambers. – More information

  • MineARC Tech Topic: Internal Positive Pressure

    How are pressure systems designed to maintain a safe breathable atmosphere within a refuge chamber? This MineARC Tech Topic explains the importance of pressure systems within refuge chambers. – More information

  • MineARC Tech Topic: Temperature Control

    What are the sources of temperature control in a refuge chamber and why do we need them? This MineARC Tech Topic explains the importance of temperature control within refuge chambers. – More information

  • MineARC Tech Topic: Breathable Air

    What are the sources of breathable air supplied to a refuge chamber and why do we need them? This MineARC Tech Topic explains the importance of multiple sources of breathable air within their refuge chambers. – More information

  • MineARC Launches ‘System Intelligence’; the Latest Advancement In Safe Refuge Technology

    In response to client requirements for cost reductions, greater efficiency during servicing and improved operational safety, MineARC has developed a suite of technologically advanced products, collectively known as the MineARC System Intelligence package. Designed to provide real-time monitoring, communication and system diagnostics, the Intelligence product suite provides significant cost saving advantages to sites, whilst taking standards in industrial safety to the next level. – More information

  • TunnelSAFE MSV Design

    MineARC can custom engineer and manufacture refuge chambers to be mounted to a multi-service vehicle; providing a portable safe haven for workers during routine tunnel inspections and maintenance works. As a long term safety option for the entire life of the tunnel, these chambers are robust and fully serviceable.
     
    TunnelSAFE MSV Design Refuge Chambers can also be fitted with remote monitoring systems, or the client’s own remote control system. – More information

  • MineARC Tech Topic: Scrubbing Systems

    What exactly is a Scrubbing System and why is it necessary to the operation of a refuge chamber? This MineARC Tech Topic explains how chemical scrubbing works and why you need it in your chamber. – More information

  • Client Piece: Newmont Works with Industry Leader in Mine Refuge Chambers

    The underground mine environment poses a number of unique challenges for our people. As we work towards our goal of ZERO harm we utilize robust systems to identify and control hazards however, in the event that an issue arises we recognize that we must also plan for and be prepared to respond to emergency situations when they arise. – More information

  • Canadian Chemical Company Looks to MineARC for Safe Haven Solution

    In 2015 Chemours’ Maitland facility, located in Ontario Canada, approached MineARC to provide a safe haven solution. Due to the nature of their production, Chemours Maitland were in need of a solution that could provide a safe haven for personnel in the event of an emergency. – More information

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