Report: APP CMHS Project 4

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6.2.3. Emergency Response

Response to an emergency generally requires controlling the situation through strategies such as fire fighting; or if the hazard is too great to be rapidly brought under control and people are at risk, to facilitate the safe evacuation of mine workers.

There is a requirement to have Refuge Chambers installed in underground coal mines with the provision for extended stays and promoting survival conditions for underground workers in the event of emergencies. This typically entails: borehole to the surface or another external fresh air supply; survival provisions such as water, food, blankets; emergency tools; maps and breathing apparatus.

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