Hygiene & Lab Services

Mine Safety Laboratory

Australia’s leading experts in mine safety-related testing services

Non-metallic materials

All manufacturers and suppliers of non-metallic materials in underground coal mines and reclaim tunnels (and the end-user of those materials in any mine) are required to assess and understand the risks of using these materials in any application. This includes identifying and managing any risks associated with the accumulation of a static electric charge, fire initiation, fire propagation, or toxic products of combustion.

We have a long history of undertaking the FRAS testing specified in different State Government guideline documents to assess the FRAS risks of non-metallic materials in different usages. The Mine Safety Laboratory holds NATA accreditation for multiple tests including the Oxygen Index test.

Breathing apparatus

The Mine Safety Laboratory is the only facility in Australia to provide compliance testing for breathing equipment to the NSW Resources Regulator’s Technical Reference Guide: Escape Breathing Apparatus for Underground Mining Applications. Types of apparatus able to be tested include chemical oxygen, compressed oxygen, compressed air, and filter self-rescuers.

For suppliers we provide:

  • Pre-registration testing for new designs
  • Batch testing of new units before sale

For mines we provide:

  • In-service testing to ensure regulatory compliance and allow for monitoring of deterioration.

Coal mine roadway dusts

Our services include:

  • Analysis of roadway dusts
  • Preparation and certification of colour comparison standards
  • Particle size and quartz content of limestone (stone dust)

The Mine Safety Laboratory holds NATA accreditation for the analysis of roadway dusts to the NSW code of Practice: Roadway Dust Analysis in Underground Coal Mines.

Gas monitor performance

To register a gas detector for use in a NSW underground coal mine, its performance must first be assessed. Assessment involves subjecting the gas detectors to a variety of conditions including temperature, pressure, humidity, vibration, and impact to ensure they perform in accordance with Australian standards.

The Mine Safety Laboratory is the only facility in Australia accredited by NATA to the gas detector performance standards

  • AS/NZS 60079.29.1 Gas Detectors-Performance requirements of detectors for flammable gases, and
  • AS/NZS 4641 Electrical equipment for detection of oxygen and other gases and vapours at toxic levels – General requirements and test methods

Why Us?


Our scientific professionals have a wealth of experience working with our unique testing equipment tailored for mining applications.

Specialised Solutions

We work with you to deliver the most appropriate testing solutions for your requirements.


Our laboratory is backed by NATA-accredited methods and our personnel assist in compliance with industry standards.

Contact Us

General Enquiries

For all administration, support, and billing enquiries call us on 02 4922 4480 (Dr Greg Browning, Laboratory Manager) or email [email protected]. For all other enquiries please complete the contact form.

How to find us (Mine Safety Laboratory (MSL))

Mine Safety Laboratory (MSL) address

8 Hartley Drive, Thornton, NSW, 2322