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TitlePIsStart DateShort DescriptionProgram Areas
Analysis of Health and Safety Management System Practices Through Multilevel InterventionsEmily Haas10/1/2014A project to determine how communications between individual workers and organizational capacities, via health and safety management system (HSMS) tools and technologies, influence and shape workers’ health and safety perceptions and behaviors.
Applicability of Proximity Detection to Mobile Underground Coal EquipmentJacob Carr10/1/2014A project to determine whether the proximity detection systems currently available to the underground coal mining industry provide protection to miners working near mobile haulage equipment such as shuttle cars and scoops.
Assessing and Evaluating Human Systems Integration Needs in MiningJennica Bellanca10/1/2012A project to use a systems approach to characterize what information needs to be provided to mine workers, determine the timing and format of that information, and then use this information to develop alternatives to interfaces design.
Coal Mine Safety Applications of Seismic MonitoringPeter L. Swanson10/1/2010A project to implement in-mine seismic monitoring techniques in coal mines to evaluate and demonstrate potential mine safety benefits of this technology.
Communications and Tracking Systems Modeling and PerformanceChenming Zhou10/1/2010A project to enhance the understanding of underground mining communication and tracking system performance through the development and validation of radio signal propagation models.
Computational ResearchGregory Cole10/1/2010A project to contribute to improving the health and safety of miners by providing essential information technology development activities for the Office of Mine Safety and Health Research.
Controlling Respirable Dust in Coal Mining OperationsJames Rider10/1/2014A project to identify and develop improved respirable dust controls for coal mines and facilitate their implementation to reduce the dust exposures of mine workers.
Design Procedures for Gateroad Ground ControlGabriel Esterhuizen10/1/2014A project to develop engineering-based procedures that will contribute to the practical design of ground control systems in gateroad excavations and longwall extractions.
Development of Guidelines for the Design of Support Systems to Manage Coal Mine Rib HazardsKhaled Mohamed10/1/2011A project to develop guidelines for determining the appropriate level of support and design methods for support systems to minimize the risk and severity of injuries to miners from rib falls in underground coal mines.
Engineering Design for Mine Fire Prevention and Atmospheric Monitoring SystemsLiming Yuan10/1/2011A project to develop engineering data to improve knowledge of mine fires and their interactions with mine ventilation networks; atmospheric monitoring systems; and fire, prevention, detection, and suppression systems.
Engineering Noise Controls for Longwall Mining SystemsHugo E. Camargo10/1/2009A project to develop durable noise controls that reduce the noise exposure of longwall mining system crews and facilitate the commercialization of the controls to make them available for all miners.
Enhancing Mine Workers’ Abilities to Identify Hazards at Sand, Stone, and Gravel MinesBrianna Eiter10/1/2014A project to characterize sand, stone, and gravel mine workers’ ability to recognize worksite hazards and to understand how this ability relates to perceived and measured risk as well as to other factors internal and external.
Float Dust Control in Underground Coal MinesSteven Mischler10/1/2013A project to reduce float dust deposition in return and belt airways of underground coal longwall mines through laboratory and field evaluation of novel dust prevention, capture, and suppression methods and dissemination of related findings.
Ground Control Safety for Deep Vein MinesJoseph B. Seymour4/1/2014A project to establish a new standard for ground control safety in deep vein mines.
Health Communications in MiningCarin Kosmoski5/1/2009A project to contribute to improving the health and safety of miners by providing essential health communications and dissemination support and strategies for the Office of Mine Safety and Health Research.
Improving Coal Dust Explosion Hazard Assessment StrategiesMarcia L. Harris10/1/2010A project to eliminate coal dust explosions in underground coal mines.
Improving Situational Awareness through Visual InterventionsJohn Sammarco11/7/2014A project to reduce the risk of fatalities and serious injuries by using human visual performance data to develop specifications for visual cues and technologies that will improve situational awareness and decisionmaking during self-escape.
Intelligent Safety Technology for Mining MachineryJoseph Ducarme10/1/2010A project to investigate the implementation and integration of existing and emerging technologies in surface and underground mines to provide automatic, intelligent protections against traumatic injuries.
Investigation of Enhanced Refuge AlternativesDavid Yantek6/1/2011A project to provide the underlying scientific evidence that addresses, minimizes, and, where possible, eliminates the concerns miners have about using a refuge alternative after a mine disaster.
Mine Roof Simulator (MRS) LaboratoryDavid F. Gearhart10/25/2007A project to utilize the capabilities of the Mine Roof Simulator (MRS) Laboratory to test underground roof support and ventilation structures and apply these results to engineer safer products and applications.
Monitoring and Control of Airborne Toxic Substances in MiningEmanuele Cauda10/1/2013A project to advance the assessment and monitoring of exposure respirable aerosols by developing timely, accurate, and site-specific monitoring technologies and strategies to apply to problems associated with exposure to these mining aerosols.
Noise Controls for Jumbo Drills Used in Metal/Nonmetal MinesJ. Shawn Peterson10/1/2013A project to develop durable noise controls that reduce the noise exposure of jumbo drill operators and facilitate the commercialization of the controls to make them available for all miners.
Reducing Silica and other Respirable Hazards in the Industrial Minerals and Metal/Nonmetal Mining IndustriesAndrew B. Cecala10/1/2010A project to develop control interventions to reduce occupational exposure to silica and other respirable dusts in metal/nonmetal mines and mills.
Self-Escape from UG Coal Mines Training InitiativeLauna Mallet10/1/2014A project to characterize the essential components of the mine emergency escape system and develop interventions designed to improve system preparedness and self-escape training of underground coal mining personnel.
Slip, Trip, and Fall Hazard Identification, Investigation, and Remediation at Surface Mining FacilitiesMahiyar Nasarwanji1/1/2015A project to utilize a multifaceted approach to investigate slips, trips, and falls (STF) by developing tools to identify, report, and remediate STF hazards in the workplace, providing recommendations for footwear based on empirical evidence.
Surveillance & StatisticsLinda McWilliams10/1/1997A project to develop and strengthen the use of surveillance data to identify priorities, trends, and emerging issues within the mining industry.
Ventilation of Longwall FacesC. Özgen Karacan4/1/2014A project to improve the capabilities to detect changing ventilation conditions along a longwall face arising from poor roof caving characteristics and increasing face length.
TitlePIsStart DateShort DescriptionProgram Areas
An Analysis of Health and Safety Management Systems in MiningDana Reinke Willmer7/1/2011A pilot project to identify leading indicators in health and safety management practices unique to the mining industry and compare them against the leading indicators of mature occupational health and safety programs.
Assessing the Safety Culture of Coal MiningCarin Kosmoski10/1/2008This project will involve working with a consultant, Human Performance Analysis, to assess the safety culture at U.S. coal mines. Eight underground mines will be studied, and safety and health recommendations will be made.   
Battery Safety Enhancements for Underground Coal MinesThomas H. Dubaniewicz3/1/2011A project to make recommendations and guide policy or program decisions regarding the safety of batteries used in underground coal mines.
Calibration and Verification of Longwall Stress ModelsJeffrey K. Whyatt10/1/2010This project addresses the paucity of guidance in available literature for assessing the design an underground longwall coal mine for safe ground response to mining with numerical stress analysis tools.
Continuous Monitoring of Airflow and Methane in Coal MinesAnu L. Martikainen10/1/2011A project to develop guidelines to assess ventilation effectiveness in underground coal mines using improved sampling protocols and defining optimal instrument locations for continuous-reading airflow and methane monitors.
Control Technologies and Strategies for Reducing Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel EmissionsAleksandar Bugarski10/1/2009To reduce exposures of underground miners to diesel particulate matter and gases through implementation of control technologies and better understanding of the risks associated with workers' exposure to diesel engine emissions.
Develop and Evaluate Engineering Noise Controls for Air Carbon Arc Cutting and GougingMelissa J. Lowe10/1/2010A project to develop and evaluate noise controls and alternatives toward reducing sound pressure levels and personal noise exposures from air carbon arcing applications in the mining industry to below permissible exposure limit.
Development and Evaluation of Prototype Kneepads for the Low-Seam Mining IndustryJonisha P. Pollard10/1/2009A project to reduce the likelihood of knee injuries in low-seam coal miners through a systematic approach that includes the development of guidelines for improved personal protective equipment and interventions. Project is completed.
Economic Methods and Analyses ProgramLinda McWilliams1/1/2013A project to develop an OMSHR economics program to determine the economic consequences of occupational fatal and non-fatal injury and use that information to improve program planning, intervention evaluation, and policy analysis.
Empirical Guidelines for Longwall Ground Control DesignTed. M. Klemetti10/1/2010This project is designed to update the database of case histories upon which the Analysis of Longwall Pillar Stability (ALPS) software bases its recommended stability factors. Variables impacting successful pillar design will be re-evaluated.
Engineering Noise Controls for Haul Trucks and Load Haul Dumps (LHD’s)J. Shawn Peterson10/1/2009A project to develop, evaluate, and implement engineering controls to reduce noise over-exposures among haul truck and LHD operators.
Enhanced Utilization of Personal Dust Monitor FeedbackKelly McNelis10/1/2011A project to test an intervention to help miners use Personal Dust Monitor feedback more effectively to reduce their exposure to respirable coal mine dust.
Evaluation and Development of Hearing Loss InterventionsAmanda S. Azman10/1/2009A project to improve the effectiveness of hearing loss prevention interventions through development, refinement, promotion, and long term evaluation.
Evaluation of LIDAR as a Novel Remote Dust Sensing TechnologyGerald J. Joy10/1/2011A project to evaluate the feasibility of using Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR), a remote sensing technology based on laser reflection, as a dust monitoring tool in the mining industry.
Identification of Areas at Risk for Coal Bursts in Deep Cover Room and Pillar MinesTed M. Klemetti10/1/2010A project to define the geologic and stress criteria associated with an elevated risk of coal bursts and will consider both U.S. and international experience through visits to coalfields.
Improved Dust Control Methods for Longwall MiningJames P. Rider10/1/2010A project to develop control technologies that will reduce the most common sources of respirable dust on the longwall face, which will in turn protect the health of mine workers on the longwall face.
Improved Ventilation Effectiveness in Underground Coal MinesRobert B. Krog10/1/2010A project to enhance worker safety by decreasing the likelihood of explosions that are produced by hazardous underground methane concentrations.
Improvements to Mine Escape TrainingRobert H. Peters10/1/2009The purpose of this project is to ensure that suitable information exists for properly training underground coal miners on appropriate procedures for escaping from dangerous situations such as fires, explosions, and inundations.
Improving Underground Coal Mine Sealing StrategiesRichard Karl Zipf2/13/2008This project seeks to eliminate disasters from gas explosions within sealed areas of coal mines through improved engineering of the complete sealing process and better education of the mining workforce.
Particulate Measurement and Characterization in MiningEmanuele G.. Cauda10/1/2009A project to develop innovative instruments and methodologies for real-time measurement of respirable mineral aerosols and diesel particulate matter aerosols.
Respirable Dust Control for Surface MinesWilliam R. Reed10/1/2008A project to reduce respirable silica dust exposure in surface mines through improved understanding of dust generation and transport, improvement of current control technologies, and development of new control technologies.
Respirable Dust Control Methods on Continuous Mining OperationsJohn A. Organiscak10/1/2010This project will develop and evaluate control technologies to reduce respirable dust exposures for operators of roof bolters and continuous mining machines.
Slip, Trip and Fall Hazard Identification and Remediation In Surface Mining Facilities (Pilot)Mahiyar Nasarwanji4/1/2014A pilot project to complete a preliminary characterization of slip and fall risk factors at surface mine facilities to demonstrate the feasibility of developing a taxonomy of risk factors and to inform the development of a more detailed study.
Support Design Procedures for Difficult Ground ConditionsEssie Esterhuizen10/1/2009A project to develop engineering guidelines for support design that will reduce groundfall fatalities under supported roof in underground coal mines.
Underground Coal, Metal, and Nonmetal Mine Illumination Systems for Improving Miner Visual PerformanceJohn J. Sammarco10/1/2009A project to improve mine illumination such that a mine worker's visual performance improves to better recognize slip/trip/fall hazards and pinning/striking hazards from moving machinery.
Ventilation to Control Contaminants in Metal/NonMetal Mining OperationsChris Pritchard10/1/2010This project will deliver practices, methodologies, and strategies to the industry to improve ventilation effectiveness in underground metal/nonmetal (M/NM) operations to increase control of airborne contaminants in deep mines.
Virtual Reality to Train and Assess Emergency RespondersCassandra L. Hoebbel12/1/2011A project to determine optimal use of virtual reality (VR) technologies for training and assessing mine emergency responders.
 
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