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Mining Publication: Evaluation of the SKC, Inc. Dust Detective

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June 2006

Image of publication Evaluation of the SKC, Inc. Dust Detective

Assessment of workplace exposures is an important tool for helping to minimize dust-related occupational illness and diseases. Real-time particulate monitoring can effectively locate areas where dust controls are needed and determine how well they are working. An affordable, person-wearable, real-time dust monitor is needed. The SKC, Inc., Dust Detective (SKCDD) fulfills those requirements. The SKCDD consists of a disposable sampling tube connected to a small handheld sampling pump. The SKCDD was developed through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement between NIOSH and SKC, Inc. The relationship of dust concentrations measured by personal gravimetric samplers to those measured by the SKCDD was determined in a laboratory aerosol chamber. A comparison of the means and the relative standard deviation of triplicate measurements of each type of sampling device demonstrated that the SKCDD is a viable alternative means for measuring dust. While it provides accurate measurements for specific coal types, it requires correction factors (which still need to be calculated) for other coal types.

Authors: EE Hall, RP Vinson, JC Volkwein

Conference PaperJune - 2006

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NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20030294

Proceedings of the 11th U.S./North American Mine Ventilation Symposium, University Park, Pennsylvania, June 5-7, 2006. Mutmansky JM, Ramani RV. eds., London, U.K.: Taylor & Francis Group, 2006 Jun; :175-178

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