The RTW-RA like all other Rescue Alternatives had to undergo a series of rigorous tests. These tests had to be designed and then preformed in front of MSHA’s Technical Support, Approval and Certification Center personal.
After purchasing from Carbonoks the exclusive rights to their RA designs along with all rights to manufacture and distribute we immediately began redesigning and rebuilding in preparation for MSHA Part 7 Approval testing. We believed the structural integrity of the Carbonoks ‘Safe Haven’ to be superior but the 3 components necessary in achieving MSHA Approvals, (Breathable Air, Harmful Gas Removal and Air Monitoring) had to be completely redesigned. With several mines counting on our success we went to work. Along with MSHA and a few very specialized contractors we begin test preparation.
We knew money was tight but corners could not be cut. This had to be done as cost effectively as possible but at the same time maintaining a high level of professionalism, ensuring that all safety requirements were met, even surpassed.
Our tests for the three required MSHA, Part 7 components (Breathable Air, Harmful Gas Removal and Air Monitoring) were all successfully preformed and our newly designed and approved Rescue Alternative was now ready.