Underground Rescue

Callio Pyhäjärvi Underground Rescue -project develops an underground training-, innovation- and testing environment in the Pyhäsalmi mine. The Pyhäjärvi Callio coordinates the project with partners from Kerttu Saalasti Institute and Centria University of Applied Sciences.



Project information

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Funded by

European Structural and Investment Funds - European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

Project coordinator

Callio - Pyhäjärvi

Project description

Regional Excellence (REx) research group conducts the project work package with the aim of developing a management model and quality manual in accordance with the ISO 45001 occupational health and safety system standard. In the work package preparatory measures for certification will be taken and the priorities for development will be assessment methods related to certification, management system, processes, quality management and occupational health and safety processes and practices. The target groups of the project are mining companies and their contractors, construction companies, energy companies, nuclear power plant rescue units, research institutes, rescue training institutes and rescue institutions.

The main objectives of the project are:

1) Take advantage of the unique conditions and know-how of the Pyhäsalmi mine, the deepest known site in Europe, and develop an underground training center that provides year-round testing and service activities for companies and operators in the field of personal and occupational safety.

2) Characterize the existing mining infrastructure to meet the latest technology needs by utilizing the occupational health and safety system standard in accordance with the ISO 45001 standard.

3) To create Finland's first shaft and tunnel rescue training track and digital learning environment innovation for underground occupational safety, which can take advantage of a completely new way to combine information about physical reality and use augmented reality and IoT sensors, and to enable the networking of international research in the field of safety and health at work and gain access to EU-level research funding.