The concept of self-rescue is premised on the assumption that underground mineworkers will have the physical and mental capacities required for self-rescue and in-seam rescue. There is a recognised research 'gap' concerning the practical limitations, and ultimately personal endurance limits, associated with the extended wearing of mining industry respiratory protective devices under high physiological stress conditions. This has implications for those who have responsibility for the design of emergency response strategies predicated on seeking to directly evacuate hot and humid mines.
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