Refuge Chamber Options & Upgrades

GuardIAN Remote Monitoring

MineARC’s GuardIAN Remote Monitoring and Diagnostics System is an exciting new development in refuge chamber technology. GuardIAN enables real-time monitoring; providing confidence that an operation’s fleet of refuge chambers are emergency ready at all times.

  • Simple plug and play installation
  • Real-time diagnostics and monitoring
  • Compatible with any computer, tablet or smartphone

Satellite UPS System

MineARC's Satellite UPS System has been engineered specifically for use in conjunction with refuge chambers; designed to provide a solution to manual handling injuries and to ensure batteries perform at full capacity for their expected life span; limiting all primary aspects of battery degradation.

  • Safer battery handling during replacement
  • Battery charge balancing and temperature control
  • Real-time, remote monitoring of each battery

Aura-FX Digital Gas Monitoring

MineARC’s new Aura-FX Digital Gas Monitoring System is a proprietary fixed gas monitoring unit, designed specifically for use in refuge chambers and safe havens. It has the ability to individually monitor anywhere up to 11 gases via a series of user-friendly, digital screens.

  • Monitors up to 11 gases (with external options)
  • Audible voice prompts and alerts
  • Provides real-time data and analysis via GuardIAN


The Compressed Air Management System (CAMS) is a breathable air system that is unique to the market; offering a range of features aimed at reducing running costs and improving operational safety during an emergency.

  • Flood Protection Valve to prevent water ingress
  • Air toxicity monitoring and emergency shut off valve
  • Optimisation of mine air usage for reduced operational costs

Pressure Systems

MineARC pressure systems are designed to help maintain a safe, breathable atmosphere within the refuge chamber. Systems include the Pressurised Access Safety System (PASS) for safe entry and the Positive Pressure Maintenance System (PPMS) for positive internal pressure.

  • PASS prevents infiltration of toxic contaminants upon entry
  • PPMS maintains a positive internal pressure
  • Can suit various internal volumes and durations

Airlocks and Vestibules

Airlocks and vestibules are designed to act as a staging area between the enclosed protection of the chamber and the outside environment. MineARC offers a range of internal and external solutions for a variety of applications and entry requirements.

  • Provide a seamless entry way into the chamber
  • Can be custom-made to measure, ensuring an air-tight access point
  • Optional door activation locking system

Blast Upgrades

MineARC can provide structural additions to a refuge chamber or safe haven in order to provide an increased overall blast rating or protection for susceptible components. MWe utilise highly specialised materials and engineering techniques.

  • Overall blast rating upgrades
  • Blast protection for susceptible components
  • Third party verification optional

Transportation Upgrades

MineARC Systems offers numerous transportation upgrades to assist in the maneuverability of refuge chambers and safe havens around site. Options include a Scoop (or 'Bogger') Frame and an IT Hitch.

  • Available in 4 or 6 person chambers
  • Adds another element of maneuverability to portable designs
  • Structural reinforcements included