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 Standard Design

    In consultation with the world’s leading mining companies and regional mining authorities, the MineARC MineSAFE has been continuously re-engineered and refined to create a safe-refuge solution that is fully integrated with today’s modern underground mining environment.
     
    Now in its fourth series, the MineSAFE Standard Design (SD) Refuge Chamber provides miners with optimum safety features, functionality and performance.
     
    Standard configurations are available based on occupancy – from 8 to 30 people – with each model engineered for maximum durability and manoeuvrability, both above and below ground. – More information

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    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.

     

    STANDARD FEATURES

    • 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

    OPTIONAL FEATURES

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    CHAMBER EXTERIOR – FRONT

    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.

    Siren

    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.

    Paint

    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.

     

     

    CHAMBER INTERIOR

    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.

    Seating

    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.

    Storage

    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.

    Flooring

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

    Lighting

    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

     

     

    CHAMBER EXTERIOR – REAR

    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).

    CAMS

    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 .

     

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  • 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

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    MineSAFE ND Series

     

     


     

    Inside a MineSAFE Narrow Design Refuge Chamber, a number of vital life support systems combine to create a safe, ongoing environment for occupants. Systems include primary and secondary oxygen supplies, air conditioning systems, positive pressure systems, electrical systems, gas detection and CO/CO2 absorption systems (referred to as ‘scrubbing’ systems).

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

     

    STANDARD FEATURES

    OPTIONAL FEATURES

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    CHAMBER EXTERIOR – FRONT

    Siren

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

    Lifting Lugs

    On roof of chamber.

    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.

    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.

    Reflective Signage

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

    Paint

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

    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.

     

     

    CHAMBER INTERIOR

    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 .

    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.

    Not Pictured: 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.

    Flooring

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

    ELV Scrubber System

    The MineSAFE Narrow Design uses active chemicals and MineARC's extra-low-voltage scrubbing system to ‘scrub’ the build up of harmful CO2 and CO from the chamber.

    Seating

    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.

    Oxygen Supply #1: Mine Air

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

    ELV 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.

    Aura-FX Digital Gas Monitor

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

     

     

    CHAMBER EXTERIOR – REAR

    CAMS

    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 .

    Battery UPS

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

    Communications Box

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

     

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  • 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

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    MineSAFE CD Series

     

     


     

    Inside a MineSAFE Compact Design Refuge Chamber, a number of vital life-support systems combine to create a safe, ongoing environment for occupants. Systems include primary and secondary oxygen supplies, air conditioning systems, positive pressure systems, electrical systems, gas detection and CO/CO2 absorption systems (referred to as ‘scrubbing’ systems).

    Ultimately a MineSAFE CD’s dimensions and its rated occupancy can be custom-engineered to site specifications, without compromising on safety or performance. Standard configurations are based on 4, 6 and 8 person occupancies, with a range of optional features.

     

    STANDARD FEATURES

    ENQUIRE BROCHURE

     

     

    CHAMBER EXTERIOR – FRONT

    Lifting Lugs

    On roof of chamber.

    Siren

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

    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.

    Paint

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

    Reflective Signage

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

    Sealing Door

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

    Forklift Slots

    250 x 100mm forklift slots provide ease of manoeuvrability within tight mining confines.

     

     

    CHAMBER INTERIOR

    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 .

    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.

    Not Pictured: 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.

    ELVP 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.

    Flooring

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

    Seating

    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.

    ELVP Scrubber System

    The MineSAFE Compact Design uses active chemicals and MineARC's extra-low-voltage-portable 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. Click for more information.

    Aura-FX Digital Gas Monitor

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

     

     

    CHAMBER EXTERIOR – REAR

    CAMS

    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 .

    Battery UPS

    36 hour emergency backup power supply, with further options available hours (POA). A dual UPS enables the chamber to sit standalone from mains power for extended durations.

     

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  • 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

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    MineSAFE Permanent Refuge Rooms consist of a standard framework of recommended equipment, vital to safe operation of the shelter in an emergency. MineARC engineers work closely with each site to tailor a refuge model to best suit their requirements.

     

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    STANDARD COMPONENTS

    Series IV Scrubber

    The MineARC Series IV Scrubber is the “Control Unit” of an expandable system that is capable of providing CO and CO2 scrubbing while also providing cooling/heating to large scale sealed environments.

    Air Conditioning

    All MineSAFE Permanent Shelters include quality reverse cycle split-system Mitsubishi Air Conditioners to both cool and dehumidify the refuge chamber.

    UPS Battery Backup

    The UPS is a fail safe system that can power the refuge chamber’s internal life support systems for a minimum of 36 hours should mains 'mine' power become cut-off.

    Compressed Oxygen Cylinder Racks

    If mine air supply fails, refuge chambers should be fitted with breathing grade O2 cylinders. Cylinders are to be provided by end user.

    Bulkhead Door

    Bulkhead doors are constructed from solid steel plate, with double-locking rotating handles, rubber seals, portal windows, and check valves to ensure a fully sealed environment.

     


     

    Series IV Scrubber Air Conditioning UPS Battery Backup Compressed Oxygen Cylinder Rack Bulkhead Door Flushing Airlock Compressed Air Management System_Yellow Box
    Scrubbing    Air Con       UPS   Cylinders      Doors   Airlocks      CAMS

     

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