CABA Servicing and Decontamination

Zokal Pioneered Decontaminating and Sterilizing CABA Systems in Australia over 20 years ago and continues to lead the industry in providing clean, safe breathing apparatus to the mining industry.

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For years, mining safety and improvement of the miner escape system include:-

Cryovacing (vacuum sealing) of the CABA suit to protect and maintain the hygiene of the CABA suit underground to keep it in pristine condition for use in an emergency.

Working with Australian Standards to extend the Hydro testing of the G size cylinder from 5 years to 10 years.

Before Cleaning

After Cleaning & Decontamination

CABA masks and equipment contaminated with mould and fungi, unsafe for miners to use

CABA masks completely cleaned and decontaminated, pressure sealed to prevent recontamination prior to use.

Zokal is the undisputed leader in Inspection and Servicing of Compressed Air Breathing Apparatus (CABA suit) used in mining.

We developed a cleaning, decontamination and service process for a CABA suit because of mining industry concern for Work, Health and Safety issues relating to people putting on and breathing from contaminated CABA Suits.

To facilitate this, we purpose built 400 sq. metre CABA service facility, incorporating two service laboratories, self-draining cleaning and sanitising areas, high-pressure cylinder hydrostatic test station and cylinder recharging area.

Fungi and mould contamination is a potential problem with CABA equipment.

This contamination could result in long term health problems for miners who breathe from contaminated breathing apparatus increasing the exposure to a miner’s respiratory areas. For this reason, Zokal researched the most effective substance for killing mould without corroding the surface of the equipment. Once we had found the right agent, we then incorporated that into our system. Once we have the equipment free from any contaminants, the final step is to seal it in a vacuum bag of such a material to disallow ingress of gas or fungi spores to maintain the hygienic integrity of the breathing apparatus.

Our mining clients who have had their equipment serviced this way for years believe that the process is definitely industry best practice and they cannot fault the results. Their employees are guaranteed clean, decontaminated CABA Suits when removed from their vacuum sealed bag.

Mining clients save money and time through discontinuing monthly pressure checks of CABA suits,

The integrity of the CABA can be assessed at a glance by the degree of vacuum that the bag displays, so monthly checks are no longer necessary.

Why has Zokal been successful with this process while other companies have failed? It’s because of our strict adherence to our systems, so our results are consistent. Zokal is ISO- 9001, 14001 and 18001 and certified, which means our processes are audited annually. You’ll probably find that our competitors have not bothered to go to these lengths to ensure quality.

Compliance to manufacturers specifications

PosiChek computerised testing and the resulting reports ensure compliance of the CABA Suits to the manufacturer’s specifications and when added to the Zokal generated equipment register meet all statutory requirements.

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Great training. Simulated trailer good for training. All equipment used in great condition all new and easy to use. Trainer made all information relevant to training .
Very comprehensive training, modern facilty with current equipment and realistic scenario training.Shane presented the course with engagement from the whole class. Lunch provided was great. These guys don’t cut corners or skimp on spending where it’s needed.Thanks to the Zokal team!
Great day. Easy to understand and participate in. Got my harness, lanyard and rope all serviced which was good and provided lunch. Would recommend to others seeking safety equipment or training
Shane is an awesome trainer, always a good time. I don’t think I wanted to fall asleep once. Good equipment and facility. This is the second time we have trained at zocal and it is one of the better facilities to train at.
Great experience and training was adequate to all my needs and safety requirements.The trainer Shane Marsh was exceptional knowledgeable.
Shane was a legend, training was awesome and enjoyed the day. We even found areas where we needed to update our equipment to ensure a safer site.

Testimonials

Great and Reliable Service

I have worked with Zokal Safety services for the past 15 years with services and maintenance on our CABA emergency escape apparatus.

Zokal assisted us with many issues after the introduction of the CABA Emergency escape system.Cryovacing the CABA suits to ensure they are not recontaminated.

Working with AS to extend the Hydro testing of the G size cylinder from 6 years to 10 years

The improvement in the escape system includes:-
They provide services such as:-

  • Yearly servicing of the CABA suits with test certificates for all the CABA suits.
  • Hydro testing of the cylinders
  • Updating the service records
  • Compressor servicing
  • Air quality testing

Zokal has given me a level of confidence to be sure that in an emergency I know the workers underground will be able to escape from any emergency they face.
Thanks to Jim and his team for the professionalism and I am looking forward to working with them when our Refill Stations are due for their ten-year service.

John Cummings

Services Coordinator, Centennial Coal

A thoroughly professional service

We have used Zokal Safety services to complete all the major services on our CABA suits used underground as part of our Escape system. This has included –

  • Function testing on all breathing apparatus
  • Twelve monthly, five and six yearly servicing including reducers
  • Hydrostatic testing and recharging of all high pressure cylinders
  • Integrity testing of breathing airlines
  • Vacuum sealing of CABA suits

During this time Zokal provided a thoroughly professional service that maintained our compliance of this delicate equipment. They also assisted and maintained all the records required to a high standard. Zokal were available on call and always met our companies needs and requests when required. Having this level of service made my job easier knowing our equipment was maintained and recorded to a high level. I would have no hesitation in recommending Zokal to provide professional work in a professional manner

Greg Dobbins

Emergency Services Officer, Dendrobium Coal Pty. Ltd.

Suits returned ahead of schedule

Gday Jim

I just want to thank all your team for the quick turn around of our CABA suits, the service we are getting and how all the invoicing is correct and on time.

We needed to do a suit exchange last Friday so we asked if they could be done ASAP.

They were returned today at 1pm, ahead of schedule Thanks

Steve Pettit

Caba Officer, Centennial Coal

It does make a difference!!

Once again your workforce and team have helped us maintain our standards.

Time is a very important factor within our business and we can see you value this.

Thanks and appreciation goes to you and your team Jim.

It does make a difference!!

Regards

Allan Shoesmith

Outbye Services / Relief Undermanager, Centennial Coal

Of the highest integrity

ZOKAL SAFETY SERVICES have been providing training programs to our mine site for the past few years, they include senior first aid and working at heights.

This company is also involved in the service of our escape equipment, servicing all of our underground compressed air breathing apparatus (CABA suits).

I have found this provider, all of its training and service staff to be professional and of the highest integrity in the execution of their duties, their standard in the end product they provide is equal to none.

Michael Prior

Emergency Services Officer, Xtrata Coal

ABOUT US

Zokal Safety Australia obtained Quality Assurance Accreditation in 2004 and has been registered for QA ISO 9001:2000, OH&S 18001- AS/NZ 4801 and Environmental 14001 with DAS (Direct Assessment Services) Registrars…more

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Zokal Safety Australia – Friesian Business Centre Unit 4, 5 Friesian Close, SANDGATE, NSW 2304, Australia