RR180 - Use of self-rescuers in hot and humid mines
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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