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Addressing the safety of programmable electronic mining systems: lessons learned.

Authors
Sammarco-JJ
Source
IAS '02: Conference Record of the 2002 IEEE Industry Applications Conference: Thirty seventh IAS Annual Meeting, October 13-18, 2002, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2002 Oct; 1:692-698
NIOSHTIC No.
20023437
Abstract
The functional safety of programmable electronic (PE) mining systems is an international issue and concern. From 1995 to 2001, 11 FE-related mining incidents in the U.S. were reported by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA); 71 FE-related mining Incidents were reported in Australia. MSHA does not have regulations for formal evaluations of the functional safety of PE mining systems. Hence, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in partnership with MSHA and the industry, generated the NIOSH safety framework for functional safety of PE mining systems. An overview of the NIOSH framework is given; tbe key framework elements, the safety life cycle and safety integrity levels are detailed. The safety framework approach has impacted the national and Australian mining industries by enabling the industries to advance from an ad-hoc approach to a formalized and systematic functional safety process. In retrospect, valuable lessons were learned for addressing functional safety and for changing industry perspectives and practices. These lessons continue to benefit mining and are applicable to other industries as well.
Keywords
Mining-industry; Safety-programs; Occupational-hazards; Mine-disasters; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-research
Contact
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cochran Mill Road, PO BOX 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Publication Date
20021001
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
0780374207
NIOSH Division
PRL
Priority Area
Work Environment and Workforce: Emerging Technologies
Source Name
IAS '02: Conference Record of the 2002 IEEE Industry Applications Conference: Thirty seventh IAS Annual Meeting, October 13-18, 2002, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
State
PA
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