Coal Mine & Insulin Pump

By tashley Latest Reply 2011-10-24 16:48:47 -0500
Started 2011-07-28 15:12:49 -0500

Anyone wearing an insulin pump to work in an underground coal mine?

Or any other industry (chemical plant, petroleum refinery, hydrogen plant, natural gas pump station) where an explosive atmosphere could develop?

15 replies

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2011-10-21 10:44:34 -0500 Report

I think I would contact the maker of your pump with this question..

tashley 2011-10-24 16:39:43 -0500 Report

Just for the record - Pump manufacturers were my first contacts.
Pump makers will not release any end user info - claim violates HIPPA.
Pump makers will not discuss any pump testing or design criteria - they guard such info as Proprietary - guess they think I am planning to build insulin pumps and compete for sales.

jayabee52 2011-07-29 13:32:20 -0500 Report

Not being a "pumper" myself I thought a pumper might have a better answer, but seeing as how there are few postings here, I googled the question: insulin pumps and safety in explosive environments.

Here's one answer:

GabbyPA 2011-07-29 09:04:02 -0500 Report

Would a situation like that affect your pump? I don't use one, but I also have not seen any warnings concerning those types of work conditions. The only thing I would imagine would be an issue is keeping your pump safe from tools that might jar it. It is worn under your clothing, right?

tashley 2011-07-29 19:54:12 -0500 Report

Concern is not environments affect on the pump, but the other way around. Yes it is worn under clothing, inside my T-shirt pocket, same as in cold weather.

Harlen 2011-07-28 19:17:52 -0500 Report

WHY ??????

tashley 2011-07-29 19:58:16 -0500 Report

Would like to get at least one pump manufacturer to have their current model insulin pump evaluated and tested for use in areas where an explosive atmosphere could develop. Basic answer to your question - how many other pumpers need a pump approved for this type of environment - I do.

Harlen 2011-07-30 14:16:48 -0500 Report

If your working with explosives I dont think they will let you do that on a pump or with D ????
I hope it all works out for you
Best wishes

jayabee52 2011-07-30 14:21:40 -0500 Report

he may not be working with explosives directly, Harlen. But coal dust and methane in the mines can be extremely explosive, just like grain dust can be when working in the confines of a grain elevator.

GabbyPA 2011-07-31 08:57:09 -0500 Report

I would imagine that is much safer. There was one of the guys in Chilie that was in the mine collapse that was diabetic. But that is South America, and maybe they don't restrict us like they do here.