Date this page was last updated: 05/14/2013
West Virginia Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training
Emergency Mine Shelters Information and Approvals
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February 4, 2013 - Order to Refit Approved Underground Mine Shelters and Forms
August 1, 2012 - Update on Shelter Refits
October 14, 2011 - Order to Refit Approved Underground Mine Shelters
January 13, 2011 - Alert:
Memo and information concerning an
Equipment Failure 1/13/2011
Director's Letter to Industry on Shelter Plans (3-15-2007)
Shelter Plan Table of Contents
Shelter Plan Notes
All files above combined: Shelter Plan
Manufacturers' Required Modifications - Director Memo (2-10-2009)
Director's Memo (3-16-2007)
Director's Memo (3-9-2007)
The following list represents approved shelters. Click on the links for additional information on each.
A. L. Lee Emergency Shelter 2-26-2009 Letter
(Safe Haven Shelter)
1-14-2013 Modification to Approval see Director Memo 1-14-2013
Modification to Approval see Director Memo (8-14-2009)
8-18-2008 Modification to Approval see Director Memo 11-17-2008
Modification Approval for the addition of viewing portal - Director Approval Memo 3-22-2013
ChemBio Shelter, Inc.
(additional models approved) see Director Memo 3/30/2007
(additional models approved) see Director Memo 4/27/2010
Modification Approval for MSHA CFR30 Part 7 Breathable Air and Harmful Gas Removal - Director Approval Memo 5-2-2013
Modification Approval to amend design change to provide additional safety margin for brass regulators - Director Approval Memo 5-8-2013
Draeger Safety, Inc.
Kennedy Metal Products, Inc.
Kennedy Metal Products, Inc. 3/9/2007
(Coal-Safe model CS-24) 2-26-2009
Mine ARC Systems 12-29-2009
Coal-Safe models CS-12, CS-16, CS- 20, CSLS-12, CSLS-16, CSLS-20; Director Memo 12-29-2009
Shield, LLC Memo (Models G10383 and G 10429 2-25-2011)
Mine Shield, LLC Director Memo (shelters for 24, 30, and 36 inch seams for 10, 12, 14, 18 occupants)
Mine Shield, LLC Summary
Strata Products (USA)
(additional model ESA/Strata 25 miner added) see Director Memo 3/16/2007
(additional model - 24 person Coal Mine Refuge Chamber added) Director Memo 5/31/2007
(additional model - 36 Person Coal Mine Refuge Chamber added) Director Memo 7/25/2007
(additional models - 30 Person Coal Mine Refuge Chamber & 16 Person Unit added) Director Memo to Strata 12/4/2008
Modification Approval - Strata Safety Products - Fresh Air Bays™ - July 9, 2012
Modification Approval for alternative fabric - Strata Safety Products - Director Approval Memo 3-22-2013
Modification Approval for MSHA CFR30 Part 7 Breathable Air and Harmful Gas Removal - Director Approval Memo 4-16-2013
Additional Approval meeting conditions of 56-4-8 (16) concerning the provision of consumables - Director Approval Memo - 5-7-2013
(10 Person Guardian Angel Safe House Modification to 15 person) Director's Approval 05/27/2011
(10 Person Guardian Angel Safe House) Director Approval 05/10/2011
(10 Person Guardian Angel Safe House) Director Approval 10/25/2010
(14 Person Guardian Angel Safe House) Director Approval 02/22/2012
Approved pending MSHA electrical system
Modern Mine Safety Supply
(additional directions - see Director Memo 3/16/2007
(Modifications to approval - see Director Memo 5/31/2007
(Emergency Refuge Shelter with Carbon Dioxide Scrubber option Director Memo 7/12/2007
Reports and Presentations
(Test of Survival Equipment for Underground Refuge Stations at Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba)
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