Certify Your Mine

  1. Properly plan a Mine Health and Safety Management System. We carefully consider the layout of the mine, the structure of the mine, and the requirements of the relevant standard, and identified compliance gaps.
  2. Document the core processes in flow chart form.
  3. A valuation of the property and terrestrial assessment.
  4. Address the nine MSHA’s “Rules to Live By” standards in ventilation, methane, roof control, combustible materials, rock dust, equipment guarding and other safeguards.
  5. Accurate mapping of the Interior and Exterior of the mine.
  6. Accurate mapping of Shafts, Winzes, Raises -Shafts are vertical or declined openings exposed on the ground’s surface, whereas winzes and raises are declined or inclined openings (respectively) underground inside of a mine.
  7. Accurate mapping of Glory Holes – Many underground mines will follow a mineralized area upward near or to the ground’s surface. When underground workings reach or collapse to the surface in this manner, a glory hole is the result.
  8. Accurate mapping of Stopes – Underground stopes are large, often irregular mine openings where an entire zone of mineralization has been excavated.
  9. Accurate mapping of Collapse zones – Unlike caves, mines are artificial, temporary openings designed to last as long as it takes to extract the ore. When a mine is abandoned, there is no longer a maintenance program to address deteriorating rock conditions and weakened ground supports.
  10. Accurate mapping of Unstable Rock.
  11. Accurate mapping of Decayed Timbers -Through time, timbers that once supported the rock above will oxidize and rot.
  12. Accurate mapping of Ineffective Rock Bolts -Rock bolts are used to stabilize weak areas in a mine. Sometimes an abandoned mine may have entire areas where numerous bolts are found dangling several feet below the roof. In these areas, the rock that these bolts once supported has since collapsed.
  13. Accurate mapping of Unsafe Structures and Ladders – Due to rotting and desiccation, wooden headframes, platforms, ladders, etc. become weak and unstable.
  14. Accurate Mapping of Pools of Water- Standing water may conceal flooded lower levels of a mine, boards with rusty nails, debris, etc.
  15. Accurate mapping of A “highwall” is the vertical (or near-vertical) exposure of an open cut on its uphill side. Open pits typically have extremely steep walls on all sides that are usually “benched” with roadways to provide access to the bottom of the pit.
  16. Complete and thorough analysis of GASES found within the mine– The composition of clean, dry air at sea level is 78.07% nitrogen, 20.95% oxygen, 0.93% argon, 0.03% carbon dioxide, and 0.01% other gases.