Fire and Explosion Assessment in Mines

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Fire and Explosion Assessment in Mines

Mine fires and explosions are devastating industrial disasters that should be avoided at all costs. Built in fire-protection and early-detection systems are the primary, non-negotiable measures that mines need to implement to promote risk assessment and fire safety.

Though there are many other measures that need to be taken to boost safety assessment.Mining consultancy. suggests limiting ignition sources, limiting fuel sources and limiting fuel and ignition source contact are the focal points that need to be taken into consideration by mining industries across Africa.

Miners and supervisors must make it protocol to:

  • Pinpoint and create awareness of fire ignition or explosions hazards such as firedamp, bottled gasses, coal, oils and greases, methane, wood or diesel; electric/mechanic machinery, short circuits, compression, welding, grinding, friction etc.

  • Identify and understand the precautions that have already been implemented for the prevention/mitigation of each and every hazard; sufficient measures need to be taken to avoid, control or reduce potential fire hazards.

  • Recognise the consequences of fire/explosion and consider who it can harm and how. This means intricately understanding disruption of the ventilation system, reduction in visibility due to smoke, the release of toxic and noxious gases, the extent of a heat or blast wave and the distance to a place of safety.

  • Review risk assessment periodically, as well as in any situation with circumstances that calls revaluation and reassessment. Changes in the layout of the mine, ventilation and firedamp draining systems and any other significant changes must always be recorded and addressed accordingly.

    What a fire suppression system company should deliver:

    The most critical point of concern is the short time frame that a fire needs to spread or intensify. For this reason, it is crucial to have a minimal time gap between the onset of a fire and the detection of a fire. Advanced fire protection engineering designs that detect heat, flame, smoke and irregular gas levels is an undeniably consequential solution to potential fire risks.

  • A fire suppression system that is holistic, well-structured and follows proper fire protection and ethical standards.

  • A fire protection system that is designed, installed, tested, and maintained according to legal laws, regulations and codes.

  • A communication platform concerning fire protection advice and assistance, technical queries and preparation of documents and specifications.

  • Installations of fire protection components that are monitored and tested to adhere to building regulations and safety and insurance requirements.

  • A service division for alterations and maintenance of fire protection components.

    A final note of importance is that fire drills, complete with the activation of the mine warning system, should be performed frequently to reinforce the training and to identify weaknesses in the emergency plan. Whether workers are underground or above ground, they should have knowledge on the types of fire extinguishers and their use and they should know exactly when to raise a fire alarm, when to attempt to fight a fire and when not to.

    Fire and Explosion Assessment in Mines

    Mine fires and explosions are devastating industrial disasters that should be avoided at all costs. Miners and supervisors must make it protocol to:
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