Skip directly to local search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to navigation Skip directly to site content Skip directly to page options
CDC Home

Mining Publication: An Overview of Fundamental and Emerging Technologies to Monitor and Control Respirable Dust in Underground Coal Mines in the United States

NOTE: This page is archived for historical purposes and is no longer being maintained or updated.

November 2009

Image of publication An Overview of Fundamental and Emerging Technologies to Monitor and Control Respirable Dust in Underground Coal Mines in the United States

As production levels continue to increase in underground coal operations in the United States, greater quantities of respirable dust arc generated with the potential to increase worker exposure. Ventilating air and water spray systems continue to be the primary means of controlling respirable dust for both continuous mining and longwall mining operations. Mine operators are applying these fundamental control technologies at elevated levels and are looking to new and emerging control technologies to better control respirable dust. New monitoring technologies are also being developed to improve the real-time measurement of worker dust exposure; so that corrective action can be taken before workers become overexposed. The Pittsburgh Research Laboratory of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducts research to develop and improve control technologies and monitoring instrumentation that can be used to reduce the respirable dust exposure of mine workers. An overview of fundamental dust controls technologies being utilized in underground US coal mines will be presented. Also, updates on emerging technologies such as the personal dust monitor (PDM), wet head spray technology for continuous miners, and a roof bolter canopy air curtain will be provided.

Authors: JP Rider, JF Colinet

Conference PaperNovember - 2009

  • Adobe Acrobat - Portable Document Format (.PDF)

    0.16 MB

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20036228

Mine Ventilation: Proceedings of the Ninth International Mine Ventilation Congress, New Delhi, India, November 10-13, 2009. Panigrahi DC, ed., New Delhi, India: Oxford & IBH Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd., 2009; :769-779

 
Contact Us:
  • Office of Mine Safety and Health (OMSHR)
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • 800-CDC-INFO
    (800-232-4636)
    TTY: (888) 232-6348
  • New Hours of Operation
    8am-8pm ET/Monday-Friday
    Closed Holidays
  • omshr@cdc.gov
USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   1600 Clifton Road Atlanta, GA 30329-4027, USA
800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - Contact CDC–INFO
A-Z Index
  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. E
  6. F
  7. G
  8. H
  9. I
  10. J
  11. K
  12. L
  13. M
  14. N
  15. O
  16. P
  17. Q
  18. R
  19. S
  20. T
  21. U
  22. V
  23. W
  24. X
  25. Y
  26. Z
  27. #