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DIVISION OF MINES

VENTILATION


Miner checking Ventilation

The Operator Assistance Group employs two ventilation specialists. In addition, we have a technical specialist that functions as a Roof/Ventilation Specialist.  The ventilation specialists are based one at the Big Stone Gap office and one at the Lebanon office. The ventilation specialists are well equipped with specialized equipment such as altimeters, magnahelics, and pitot tubes.

Ventilation specialists will visit your mine, upon request, and evaluate the mine ventilation system.  The specialist will assist in the development of the bleeder plan and other plans required by the Division of Mines and the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Ventilation specialists are available to perform detailed ventilation surveys at your mine. Also, ventilation specialists will conduct safety talks and other meetings at your mine, and they are available to aid in the instruction of certain classes such as new miner training, annual retraining, and continuing education.