The management of heat flow in a potash mine


Mr Ryan Anderson ( - Mosaic), Prof Euler De Souza ( - Queen's University)

Heat management within the mine environment is a critical component of health and safety within the workplace. There are many sources of heat energy within a mine, the primary being heat associated with mining operations and heat transfer from the rock mass into the mine workings. Heat, as an integral part of all mining activities, produce a wide range of adverse environmental conditions. The heat energy found within the mine may vary throughout the workings, with effects on local environmental heat conditions where personnel may be found and potentially compromising the working efficiency of the workers. In this paper, a study within an Esterhazy potash mine looks at the influencing factors that affect the heat conditions within a specific location of the mine and the management practices put in place to monitor heat flow and control heat exposure.