Mining Publication: Evaluation of the SKC, Inc. Dust Detective
Original creation date: June 2006
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.
Conference PaperJune - 2006
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