Emergency refuge forms an integral part of an underground mine’s wider Emergency Response Plan (ERP). Fires, explosions, rock-falls, flooding and the release of smoke and other forms of toxic gas are the types of incidents that occur all too frequently, despite the high levels of planning and the safety precautions in place. In these types of emergencies, when evacuation is no-longer safe or practical, emergency refuge is designed to provide a safe and secure ‘go-to’ area for personnel to gather and await extraction.
Helping safeguard miners in over 40 countries, across six continents, the MineARC MineSAFE series is the world’s most trusted refuge chamber in metal (hard rock) and non-metal mines.


MineSAFE SD Series




Inside a MineSAFE Standard Design Refuge Chamber, a number of vital life-support systems combine to create a safe, ongoing environment for occupants. The chamber features a MineARC Series IV Controller; the most advanced safe-refuge technology anywhere in the world.

Ultimately an SD refuge chamber’s dimensions and its rated occupancy can be custom-engineered to site specifications, without compromising on safety or performance.

Special transport configurations include narrow builds specifically tailored for shaft mines, or modular builds, allowing a complete refuge chamber to be split into smaller sections before being transported and then reassembled underground.



  • 5mm Steel Plate Construction
  • Blast Rating: 5psi
  • CO & CO2 Scrubbing
  • Breathable Air (O2) Supply
  • Air Conditioning
  • 36hrs UPS Battery with Option to Upgrade
  • Viewing Portal
  • Gas Monitoring
  • Pre-packaged Chemical Cartridges
  • Advanced Digital Controller
  • i.V.A.N
  • Remote Monitoring System
  • Ergonomically Designed Seating






Strobe Lighting

Extra low voltage green and red LED lighting to allow for easy identification of the refuge chamber in an emergency.

Porthole Window

12mm porthole viewing window, compliant with Australian Standard 2208. Blast shield protection available upon request.

Fire Extinguisher

Fire extinguisher for external use only. Optional for non-Australian orders (supplied separately as Dangerous Goods). Fire blanket with BSI certification (AS/NZ S 3504) located inside chamber.


112 dBA motion activated siren to allow for easy location of the refuge chamber in an emergency.

Reflective Signage

Safety and operational signage in reflective stickering for high visibility underground. Translation into a second language available.


High durability white paint for underground visibility. Sand blasted to 2.5 grit, and in compliance with AS/NZS 2312:2002.

Sealing Door

Outward opening door, featuring double locking rotating handles. The vacuum tested seal maintains a positive internal pressure.

Skid Base

The skid base provides ease of mavoeuvrability, featuring 250 x 100mm forklift slots, front and rear mounted tow points and front mounted 25mm steel plate push blocks.

Lifting Lugs

On roof of chamber.




Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is vital to combat the potentially fatal effects of heat stress, caused by the occupant’s metabolic activity, as well as any ambient heat .

Series IV Controller Interface

The digital controller interface is the operational hub of the refuge chamber. From here, all power, lighting & scrubbing systems can be managed with the push of a button. Click for more information.


MineARC seating is ergonomically designed to provide suitable comfort during entrapment. Made from durable, hard wearing fabric, the seating provides 500mm of space per person.

Series IV Scrubber System

The MineSAFE Standard Design uses active chemicals and MineARC's patented Series IV scrubbing system to ‘scrub’ the build up of harmful CO2 and CO from the chamber.

Oxygen Supply #1: Mine Air

The MineARC Compressed Air Management System (CAMS) is a dedicated air management unit designed specifically for MineARC Refuge Chambers.

Emergency Escape Hatch

Inward opening with neoprene memory seal. Accessible internally and externally.

MARCISORB Chemical Cartridges

MineARC’s MARCISORB CO2 and MARCISORB CO cartridges provide superior scrubbing capacity, are easy to load, safe to handle, and can store for long periods.

Oxygen Supply #2: Medical Grade Oxygen Cylinders

Minimum capacity based on G-size cylinder (8,580L). Medical grade oxygen cylinders to be provided by end user.


Ample storage room located under seating and within Series IV Scrubber cabinet.

Oxygen Supply #3: Oxygen Candle

The military approved Oxygen candle provides 2,600L of breathable air during 60 minutes of ignition. Candle is an optional feature for most countries, and must be shipped separately.


Non slip, removable flooring is featured throughout the refuge chamber.


8watt fluorescent interior lighting is featured within the chamber.

Operating Procedures

Operating procedures are located on the wall of the refuge chamber, as well as within hardcopy manuals. Operating procedures can be translated into a second language.

Aura-FX Digital Gas Monitor

• Real-time gas monitoring with live analysis and voice prompting
• Monitor up to 11 gases at any one time




Communications Box

Communications box for internal communications port via wall mounted 'J' box. External antenna is fitted to front of chamber.

Battery UPS

36 hour emergency backup power supply, with further options available for up to 96 hours (POA).


The MineARC Compressed Air Management System (CAMS) is a dedicated air management unit designed specifically for MineARC Refuge Chambers. Click for more information.

Air Conditioning Condenser

Air conditioning is vital to combat the potentially fatal effects of heat stress, caused by the occupant’s metabolic activity, as well as any ambient heat .




  • MineSAFE Narrow Design

    The MineSAFE Narrow Design (ND) features a slimmer shell, designed specifically to accommodate tight hard rock mining confines such as shaft mines, while still providing ample internal space for a range of occupancies – from 8 to 26 people.
    The chamber’s portable design makes it easy to manoeuvre and position around site. – More information

  • MineSAFE Compact Design

    The MineSAFE Compact Design (CD) is designed specifically for tight mining confines, such as single-entry development headings. This small, compact, ultra-portable refuge chamber is easy to manoeuvre and position around site.
    The Compact Design is designed for optimum autonomy. The chamber’s ‘extra-low-voltage’ control system means it can sit stand-alone for extended periods without requiring connection to mains (mine) power (around 6 weeks). – More information

  • MineSAFE Permanent Shelter

    A permanent refuge chamber (as opposed to portable) can often prove to be a more efficient and cost effective solution for an underground mine. In particular, mines that;
    • Have a large number of personnel underground at any one time,
    • Have low excavation costs, and
    • Where the regular movement of personnel underground remains within certain areas.
    Permanent refuge chambers therefore often double as break, rest and lunch areas, capable of sheltering upwards of hundreds of personnel at any one time. – More information