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Improving silica dust control through targeted research.

Authors
Colinet-JF; Thimons-ED
Source
2002 SME Annual Meeting, Feb 25-27, Phoenix, Arizona, Preprint 02-189. Littleton, CO: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., 2002 Feb; :1-6
NIOSHTIC No.
20023178
Abstract
NIOSH conducted a strategic planning effort to identify those areas in mining with the greatest research needs. Data analysis and stakeholder input identified the need to reduce worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica dust as a high priority area. MSHA dust sampling data were analyzed to target the mining commodities and occupations with the greatest percentage of samples containing silica above compliance levels. In response, the Pittsburgh Research Laboratory (PRL) has implemented a multi-faceted research program to improve silica dust control for these problematic commodities and occupations. A review of silica compliance trends, PRL silica research programs, and recent control technology developments are provided here.
Keywords
Silica-dusts; Silicates; Mining-industry; Mining-equipment; Miners; Control-technology; Control-systems; Dust-samplers; Dust-control
CAS No.
14808-60-7
Publication Date
20020225
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Fiscal Year
2002
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
NIOSH Division
PRL
Priority Area
Research Tools and Approaches: Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment
Source Name
2002 SME Annual Meeting, Feb 25-27, Phoenix, Arizona, Preprint 02-189
State
PA; AZ
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