Date this page was last updated:  02/26/2014

West Virginia Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training

Emergency Mine Shelters Information and Approvals

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June 4, 2013 - Reminder Notice - 210 Days Remain for Shelter Refit

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)

Regulation 56-4-8(2)

Shelter Plan Table of Contents

Shelter Plan Notes

All files above combined: Shelter Plan


Approved Shelters

Manufacturers' Required Modifications - Director Memo (2-10-2009)

Director's Memo (3-16-2007)

Director's Memo (3-9-2007)  

Press Release


The following list represents approved shelters. Click on the links for additional information on each.

A. L. Lee Emergency Shelter 2-26-2009 Letter
Modification to Approval see Director Memo 6-14-2013

Carbonoks, LLC  (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 (design change to provide additional safety margin for brass regulators)
Director Approval Memo 5-8-2013
Modification Approval  (Monel or stainless steel fittings and valves) - Director Approval Memo 8-12-2013
Modification Approval (supplement purging air)  - Director Approval Memo 2-25-2014

Draeger Safety, Inc.

Kennedy Metal Products, Inc. 2/27/2008
Kennedy Metal Products, Inc. 3/9/2007

Mine ARC Systems
(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

 

Mine Shield, LLC
Mine Shield, LLC    (shelters for 24, 30, and 36 inch seams for 10, 12, 14, 18 occupants) Director Memo 2/11/10
(Models G10383 and G10429 2-25-2011) Director Memo 2/25/2011

Mine Shield,  LLC Summary
Mine Shield, LLC  - Modification for optional passive design for controlling carbon dioxide Director Memo 6/3/2013
Mine Shield, LLC  - Modification Approval of Models G10383 and G10429 to utilize Monel fittings and valves  Director Memo 7/26/2013

Strata Products (USA) Inc.
(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

Trinity Resources 
(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 approval.
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

"Operation Tommyknocker"
(Test of Survival Equipment for Underground Refuge Stations at Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba)
    Part I          Part II

 

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