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MineARC Systems has designed and engineered a range of intrinsically safe CoalSAFE refuge chamber models to suit different coal mining environments and regulation requirements; including the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) federal regulations. Refined over a number of years, the MineARC CoalSAFE Refuge Chamber provides miners with optimum safety features, functionality and performance for underground emergency refuge.

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Coal Mining Refuge Solutions

CoalSAFE Int. High Seam

The CoalSAFE International High Seam (IHS) Refuge Chamber has been designed in consultation with the world's leading coal mining companies and regional mining authorities to best suit underground coal mining environments around the globe.

  • High seam design
  • 48 hour duration
  • 12-20 people

CoalSAFE MSHA Low Seam

The CoalSAFE MSHA Low Seam Refuge Chamber is designed for underground coal mines with a minimum seam height of 46” (1.2m). It is approved in the United States by the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety & Training and built to MSHA Federal Regulations.

  • Low seam design
  • 96 hour duration
  • 12-24 people

CoalSAFE MSHA Mid Seam

The CoalSAFE MSHA Mid Seam Refuge Chamber is designed for underground coal mines with a minimum seam height of 56” (1.4m). It is approved in the United States by the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety & Training and built to MSHA Federal Regulations.

  • Mid seam design
  • 96 hour duration
  • 8-20 people

CoalSAFE MSHA High Seam

The CoalSAFE MSHA High Seam Refuge Chamber is designed for underground coal mines with a minimum seam height of 74” (2.2m). It is approved in the United States by the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety & Training and built to MSHA Federal Regulations.

  • High seam design
  • 96 hour duration
  • 12-24 people

CoalSAFE Change-Over Station

The CoalSAFE Change-Over-Station (COS) is designed to aid underground personnel as they exit the coal mine during an emergency. The change-over station provides a secure ‘staging-post’ stocked with replacement breathing apparatus.

  • High seam design
  • Change-over area only
  • 8-30 people

Remote Operating Control Room

The RocROOM (Remote Operating Control Room) is an underground safe area used as a collaborative environment for managing and monitoring the day to day operation of equipment and production activities. It is the hub for the collection of data and information necessary to sustain operations and help staff make the right critical operational decisions.

  • Control room for underground environments
  • Insulated, air conditioned environment
  • Electrical cabinet for client's control system

Comparison Table

48hr Duration 96hr Duration 5psi Blast Resistance 15psi Blast Resistance Low Seam Construction High Seam Construction
12-20 Y N Y N Y N N Y
12-24 Y Y N Y N Y N Y
8-20 Y Y N Y N Y N N
12-24 Y Y N Y N Y Y N
8-30 Y N N N N N N N