The laboratory for work and environment protection was formed as part of the former Department for thermal mechanics and environment preservation of the Mining Institute.
The duties of the laboratory are physical and chemical explorations of the environment i.e. exploration of the ambient air, waste and depot gas, pit air, fl ammability-explosiveness of the coal dust, acoustic testing, noise testing in the environment, processing and elaboration of the measurement results, categorization and sorting of pit areas according to the endangerment from the coal dust and methane danger, elaboration on the flammability and explosiveness levels of the dust and classifi cation of zones according to potential dangers from fires and explosions, elaboration of gas characteristics of coal and trace rocks for the purpose of determination of the gas levels in the work environment etc.
The laboratory monitors the functionality of the automatic measuring systems for a continuous measurement of pollution emissions into the air according to the requirements of SRPS EN 14181, authorized by the proper department. Th e laboratory conducts analysis and studies on the choice of representative measurement locations for continual emission smeasurement from stationary sources, studies on the environmental impact and participates in solving the problems of revitalization, reclamation and landscaping of the degraded areas.
In Serbia and the region the laboratory is a leader since its founding within its area of expertise. It is attributed as a leader because of its constant advances in improvement and introduction of new measurement methods, high expertise and competently trained personnel, equipment, work effi ciency and measurement reliability. For example, the laboratory is the only one in the region that has adopted the method for determining electrical resistance of the electro-fi lter ash.
The impeccable reputation of the laboratory is confi rmed by the structure of prominent users of its services such as: Th ermal plant Nikola Tesla, mining basin Kolubara (refi ning and open pits), thermal plants and pits Kostolac, mining energy chemical combine Kosovo – Obilić, mine and thermal plant Gacko, mine and thermal plant Ugljevik, coal mine Pljevlja, stone coal mines Dobra sreća and Vrška Čuka, coal mines of Ibar, mines of Aleksinac, brown coal mines Soko, REMBAS, Štavalj, Bogovina, Zenica, Kreka, Banovići, coal basins Živojno and Mariovo (Macedonia), cement factory of Beočin, Public utilities department of the plant of Belgrade, Henkel, Mol a.d., Construction Institute of Skoplje, E&MA, the Institute of nuclear science Vinča Beograd, CENEx etc.

The associates of the laboratory have published hundreds of expert and science papers, participated in the realization of research in numerous scientifi c, technological and innovative projects funded by the Department of education, science and technological development. Th e crowning achievement of these activities is the participation of the laboratory associates in research and writing of the monograph “Serbian mining and geology in the second half of the XX century“. In cooperation with the Faculty for physical chemistry of the University of Belgrade research has recently been completed on the innovative project of device development for hydro-mechanical cavity refi ning of waste waters from organic pollutants, co-fi nanced by the Department of education, science and technological development. Th e laboratories contribution in educating young experts, is refl ected in its support in writing graduate papers and master thesis by students of the University of Belgrade.

The laboratory was accredited for testing according to the SRPS ISO/IEC 17025:2006 standard in 29.02.2008, accreditation number 01-218. In June 2014. the laboratory was the fi rst in Serbia to meet the conditions of the SRPS CEN/TS 15675 standard which represents the technical specifi cation of the SRPS ISO/IEC 17025 standard for periodic measurements of emissions from stationary sources.

The laboratory has a permit for quality measurement of the ambiance air (number 353-01-00336/2014-19, since 11.07.2014) and a permit for measuring the emissions from stationary pollution sources (number 353-01-00989/2014-19 since 11.09.2014) from the Department of agriculture and environmental preservation, as well as a warrant from the department of environmental preservation and spatial planning to measure noise levels in the environment (number 353-01-011282/2011-02 од 23.09.2011).