The CCS is a fully portable unit that can be placed in close proximity to the underground work area and relocated as required.
The shelter minimises time lost during legally mandated break times, which up until now can contribute to several hours of wasted productivity every shift.
“Drawing on our experience in fire resistance and chamber technology, the CCS utilises one inch thick glass wool rigid board clad over the refuge’s steel structure”, MineARC North American director James Rau explained.
“The CCS is a thermally insulated structure, limiting the transfer of heat between the internal chamber and external environment.
“This allows occupants to set the split system air conditioner to any desired running temperature (including heating for cold climates), and for the internal temperature to equalise quickly.”
Included within the unit are hand wash facilities and cushioned seating to provide comfort, as well as communication entry ports, a fire extinguisher, internal and external lighting and a portal window.
Heat stress occurs when heat is absorbed into the body faster than it can be lost.
It is a common concern in underground mining and can best be managed by ensuring that workers are properly clothed, are acclimatised to high heat environments, and are adequately hydrated and rested.