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Methods to improve the accuracy of coal mine dust sampling.

Authors
Kissell-FN; Ruggieri-SK; Jankowski-RA
Source
Proc American Ind Hyg Conf Las Vegas Nevada, May 19-24, 1985 :212-218
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
10004356
Abstract
The development of control technology for reducing respirable dust in coal mines has been hindered by the difficulties involved in making accurate dust measurements. Recent Bureau of Mines research has provided new insights into the causes of measurement errors, and how to minimize them. Improving the accuracy of coal mine dust sampling involves five basic steps: 1) use of modern equipment, such as flowregulated gravimetric pumps and instantaneous dust monitors; 2) avoiding, to the extent possible, sampling locations with a steep concentration gradient; 3) ensuring that the airstream being sampled is representative of the source; 4) alternating the operation (on vs. off) of the control technology as frequently as possible to minimize dust level changes due to changes in material being cut or production; and 5) pinpointing dust sources to ensure that the dust being measured relates to the control being tested.
Keywords
Respirable-dust; Measurement-equipment; Coal-dust; Coal-miners; Coal-mining; Sampling; Sampling-equipment; Sampling-methods; Air-flow; Air-quality-measurement; Air-sampling; Gravimetric-analysis; Gravimetry; Exposure-levels; Control-technology; Air-monitoring
Publication Date
19850501
Document Type
OP; Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Fiscal Year
1985
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
NIOSH Division
PRC
Source Name
Proc. American Ind. Hyg. Conf., Las Vegas, Nevada, May 19-24, 1985
State
NV; PA; MA
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