Specialist technical services are provided at the new Mine Safety Technology Centre at Thornton.

The Mine Safety Technology Centre is staffed by specialised mine safety scientists and engineers, providing testing and research projects, as well as training. The role of the Mine Safety Technology Centre is pivotal in ensuring that the highest standards of mine safety are set and maintained for mines in NSW. The main areas of work at this facility comprise:

  • analytical services
  • occupational hygiene
  • equipment certification
  • intrinsic safety evaluations on electrical equipment used in underground mining.

Mobile gas analysis laboratories also operate from the centre, where they are well placed for any emergency call-out to mine sites. The mobile laboratory makes it possible to analyse samples directly from the engine and, if necessary, suggest adjustments and then retest the engine.

NATA accreditation

The Mine Safety Technology Centre (MSTC) has been accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA). The MSTC's accreditation is No. 2325 in the fields of chemical testing and performance and approvals testing.

For details on the MSTC's accreditation, click on the NATA link below and enter 2325 in the keywords box under the heading Find a Facility or Lab, then click Search. The MSTC's accreditation details for chemical testing and performance and approvals testing will appear under the heading NSW Department of Industry (not the Department of Planning and Environment):

Electrical testing, assessment and certification

MSTC tests electrical equipment,and provides test reports for compliance with national and/or international standards. It also provides independent certification of explosion protected electrical equipment.

For further information including a certification manual and application form click here.

Polymeric chemicals in underground coal mines

Click here for more information on the control of in-situ application of polymeric chemicals in underground coal mines.

Further information

Mine Safety Technology Centre
PO Box 343
Hunter Regional Mail Centre NSW 2310

Phone: 02 4963 8700
Diesel testing: 02 4963 8725

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