The National Occupational Health Survey of Mining.
Groce-DW; Carr-WG; Hearl-FJ
Ann Am Conf Gov Ind Hyg 1986 Jul; 14:327-335
An ongoing study of the possible substance exposures which may occur at mine sites, known as the National Occupational Health Survey of Mining, was described. The survey was intended to provide information to the Mining Safety and Health Administration important for regulatory standards and compliance. It was expected to provide information useful for targeting future mining research and NIOSH mining related projects. A total of 72 different mined substances were included in these surveys, which were to be to conducted over a 6 year period which began in May 1984. The survey team consisted of six field representatives who administered a questionnaire and performed a walkthrough survey at each mining site. The questionnaire provided general information regarding the occupational safety and health practices at the company. The site inspection (walkthrough survey) allowed the surveyor to identify possible worker exposures. Following the field investigation, all data was computerized and edited for consistency of chemical nomenclature. Once the survey was completed, NIOSH must submit a copy to the company whose operation was inspected. Survey reports were categorized by commodity in order to assess specific exposures associated with particular commodities. As of May 1, 1985 NIOSH had finished 120 surveys of a planned 900, each of which required approximately 25.1 hours at the mine site.
NIOSH-Author; Occupational-exposure; Mine-workers; Mining-industry; Questionnaires; Occupational-hazards; Health-hazards; Industrial-health-programs
Annals of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists