How Can Mine Ventilation Be Improved

23/02/2022

Underground mining environments can get hot and humid. This can cause equipment damage and malfunction which in turn leads to costly downtimes. More importantly, hot and humid underground mining environments can be hazardous to workers because of the excessive heat. This can even get worse because of the lack of ventilation which results in the build-up of toxic gases inside the mining area.

How can mine ventilation be improved

To cool the environment, make it less humid and extract the toxic gases from the site, one way is to design and install a ventilation system that takes into account the extent and depth of the mine, the presence of diesel equipment (emissions include carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide and unburnt hydrocarbons) and the presence of both natural and man-made contaminants.

One goal of ventilation is to manage the amounts and concentrations of hazardous elements in the mining site. This can be accomplished through dilution (which can be done through extraction of interior air and introduction and circulation of fresh air). In addition, it’s crucial to model the airflow so as to visualise how the air will be extracted, where it will go, how it travels and whether there are certain areas where hazardous gases can accumulate. These factors can affect the design, choice and placement of the appropriate ventilation equipment or system in the site.

This is a huge challenge because of the varying depths, types and conditions in underground mining environments. The resulting ventilation system should be tailored according to those specific site characteristics and conditions. In this case, it’s crucial that there’s enough information about the mining site and the risks present in the area (including the gases and particles that might be released because of blasting and drilling).

Safety and comfort in mining sites

With a proper ventilation system, we can help keep the workers safe in the underground mining areas even during long shifts. And with a proper air conditioning system, this can help them feel comfortable and focused during their work. This increased comfort actually leads to safer working environments because of better focus and alertness.

When it comes to proper air conditioning in underground mining environments, you can contact us here at Enterprise AC. You will benefit from our 30+ years of industrial HVAC experience and our high level of responsiveness. You will also benefit from having a safe working environment because of proper air conditioning in the site.