Mine Safety and Rescue 1 - Underground Gas Hazards

Mine Safety and Rescue 1 - Underground Gas Hazards

Areas of Study: Health and Safety

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This course is the first in a series of courses that cover safety and rescue procedures to be used in prevention, preparedness and rescue operations for accidents or disasters at surface and underground mining operations. This course focuses on recognition, effects, treatment and instrumentation for mine gases.

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Course Summary

The "Mine Safety and Rescue" Series of Courses

This course is the first in a series of courses that cover safety and rescue procedures to be used in prevention, preparedness and rescue operations for accidents or disasters at surface and underground mining operations. This course focuses on recognition, effects, treatment and instrumentation for mine gases. The course also serves as a guide to good practice at any time when people are working in physically dangerous mining situations.

Other courses in the series include...

  • Mine Safety and Rescue 2 - Underground Fire Hazards
  • Mine Safety and Rescue 3 - Terrain, Cold and Other Hazards
Acquiring a basic knowledge and understanding of mine safety and rescue is essential in order to be well prepared for any dangerous occurrence at the workplace. The mine safety and rescue courses provide in depth coverage of the theoretical application of mine safety and rescue techiques. Practical application of the rescue techniques covered in these courses requires supplementary physical training of rescue teams. The author has been training in rescue awareness and preparedness for over twenty years and provides on or offsite training services to mining operations.

Mine rescue work is demanding and at times dangerous. Mine rescue teams are highly trained and skilled personnel. They must have an intimate knowledge of their equipment and master all the skills required to accomplish rescue missions. It is important that mine personnel receive periodic instruction and training in the duties they will be required to perform in the event of a mine accident or disaster at their operation. Once the basic mine rescue skills are learned, training and practice are required to develop a competent mine rescue team that can work together and accomplish rescue objectives.

These courses have been derived from the "Mine Rescue Manual" developed by the Ministry of Energy and Mines, British Columbia, Canada. The courses are now supported and presented by the author, who has extensive experience in mine rescue training and safety procedures.

Course Content

Mine Safety and Rescue 1 - Underground Gas Hazards is the first course in the "Mine Safety and Rescue" series. It covers...

  • recognition, effects and treatment of gases that may be found in a mine, particularly following a fire;
  • administration of oxygen therapy to personnel exposed to mine gases;
  • common types of instrumentation used for detection of mine gases.
The course consists of 27 viewing sessions each with supporting figures, tables and examples, plus interactive course reviews. Course duration is equivalent to approximately 15 hours of viewing content.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the terms: threshold limit, short-term exposure, time-weighted average.
  • Discuss the properties and effects of mine gases and the thresholds and treatments for personnel exposure.
  • Discuss the application, benefits and hazards of oxygen therapy, and the use of oxygen-therapy equipment..
  • Discuss methods and instrumentation for detecting and monitoring mine gases.

Recommended Background

  • Mining operations experience.

Graham Seal-Jones C.Tech

Graham grew up in Wales and graduated in 1969 with a diploma in mechanical engineering.

In 1974 Graham and his wife immigrated to Saskatchewan, Canada, where he worked in the mechanical maintenance and safety departments at an underground potash mine. In 1978, Graham and his family moved to Princeton, British Columbia, and he joined the maintenance department of Newmont Mines where he took a very active role in coaching and leading the mine rescue training on site.

In 1992, Graham joined the safety and inspection department of the Ministry of Mines of British Columbia in Prince George where he promoted health and safety awareness through the mines in the region. In 1999, Graham moved to Victoria, British Columbia, where he took the position of Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. During the more than 10 years with the ministry and the previous years in industry, Graham has designed and delivered numerous mine rescue and safety and awareness courses both in Canada and South America, and has certified numerous personnel in mine rescue and safety.

Following the years after leaving the Ministry of Mines, Graham returned to the mining industry working in safety management promoting effective mine rescue response personnel in both underground and surface at several mines. For a period of 10 years, Graham has contracted to the Yukon and Northern Territories governments as a mine rescue trainer together with conducting health and safety inspections. Currently, Graham is still contracting to the Northern Territories as a Health and Safety Inspector.