Established in 1999, MineARC Systems is now the global leader in the manufacture and supply of emergency safe-refuge systems to the underground mining, tunnelling, and chemical processing industries. In early 2012 MineARC Systems signed a joint venture agreement with South African based ABC Ventilation Systems, expanding the companys reach throughout the African continent. Emergency refuge forms an integral part of an underground mine, tunnel or chemical operations wider Emergency Response Plan (ERP). Fires, explosions, rock-falls, flooding, and the release of smoke and other forms of toxic gas are the types of industrial incidents that occur all too frequently, despite the high levels of planning and safety precautions in place.In these types of emergencies, when evacuation is no-longer safe or practical, emergency refuge is designed to provide a safe and secure go-to area for personnel to gather and await extraction. MineARC refuges have been successfully used around the world in multiple mine and tunnelling emergencies to save lives.Inside a standard MineARC refuge a number of vital life support systems combine to create a safe and secure ongoing environment for occupants, including; oxygen supply, carbon dioxide (CO2) and carbon monoxide (CO) scrubbing, artificial cooling (air conditioning) and digital gas monitoring. Today MineARC has offices and manufacturing facilities in Perth, Western Australia; Santiago, Chile; Beijing, China; Gauteng, South Africa and Dallas in the United States, as well as a strong distribution network worldwide. In total, MineARC refuges are deployed at operations in over 35 countries world-wide. All MineARC Refuges comply with the highest international industry regulations and guidelines.MineARC Hard-Rock Refuges are the only refuges in the world to comply in full with the West Australian Department of Mines & Petroleum (DMP) industry Guidelines. MineARC Hard-Rock Refuges are also European CE and Australian C-Tick certified.
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