Mine Ventilation 2 - Hazard Awareness

Areas of Study: Mining

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This is the second in a comprehensive series of five mine ventilation courses for practicing professionals. It provides in depth presentations of hazard identification and monitoring; fires, explosions and emergencies; and escape, entrapment and refuge.


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  • Audience Level:
  • Professional
  • Enrollment:
  • Required
  • Duration:
  • 16 hours

Course Summary


This course is the second in a comprehensive series of five mine ventilation courses by the author, written for practicing professionals. The complete series includes the following titles ...

  • Mine Ventilation 1 - Introduction
  • Mine Ventilation 2 - Hazard Awareness
  • Mine Ventilation 3 - Design Basics
  • Mine Ventilation 4 - Advanced Design
  • Mine Ventilation 5 - Operations
The basic focus for this course series is on airflow engineering. This is because getting the right amount of fresh air to the workplace is the single most important success factor in meeting the quality and quantity requirements of an efficient, safe and healthy underground mining operation.

The courses are also designed to ensure the ventilation practitioner has an adequate understanding of at least the basic issues involved in mine ventilation, and therefore knows when a ventilation problem is of such magnitude as to need to call in a specialist, and has sufficient background to be able to liaise technically with that specialist.

Mine Ventilation 2 - Hazard Awareness ensures that you, as ventilation officer, are aware of toxic substances in the underground environment, are familiar with the toxic and other effects of each as well as the available methods of testing and monitoring. This course also ensures that you understand the principles of mine fires and explosions as well as your duties, and the response of other officials and the workers, in the event of a fire or other emergency. Major topics covered include...

  • Gases, Dust, Radiation and Biological Hazards
  • Gas, Dust and Fume Surveys and Monitoring
  • Mine Fires, Explosions and Emergencies
  • Escape, Entrapment and Refuge

Course Content

The course comprises 16 learning sessions, each of 30 - 60 minutes duration, plus supporting figures, tables, images and references, appendices and interactive reviews that confirm achievement of the learning objectives. The total duration of the course is estimated at 16 hours.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and discuss the potential for toxic substances in the underground environment and their effects
  • Identify and discuss the available methods of testing and monitoring for toxic substances in the underground environment.
  • Identify and discuss the principles, causes and effects of mine fires and explosions and how to reduce their risk of occurrence.
  • Recognize the duties of a ventilation officer, and the response of other officials and workers, in the event of a fire or other emergency.

Recommended Background

  • A degree or diploma in mining engineering or related discipline.

Rick Brake

Dr. Rick Brake is a Chartered Practicing Mining Engineer, based in Brisbane, Australia, with 30 years experience in underground and open cut operations in Australia and North America. He graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Queensland and has since completed a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University in Victoria and a PhD in physiology from Curtin University in Perth in the area of human heat stress. He has statutory qualifications in both coal and metalliferous mine ventilation and is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, a member of the Mine Ventilation Society of South Africa, and a Member of the Minerals Industry Consultants Association of Australia.

Rick was Ventilation Superintendent for the four Mount Isa underground mines in the mid 1980s. He has been a member of the Editorial and Organising Committees for several major ventilation conferences. In 1999, he formed his own consulting company, Mine Ventilation Australia, specialising in the areas of sub-surface ventilation, mine refrigeration and cooling, heat stress and egress and entrapment. His company has subsequently consulted to many underground mines in Australia, PNG, China, South-East Asia and Africa. He also presents many courses and seminars on mine ventilation, egress and entrapment, and heat stress.