Abstract Book, U.S. Department of the Interior Conference on the Environment and Safety, April 24-28, 1995. Washington, DC: U.S. Bureau of Mines, 1995 Apr; :10
Lung disease caused by dusts and particulates is the major workplace hazard of all industrial workers, ranking ahead of musculoskeletal injury and heart disease. The particulates causing lung disease, which cannot be seen by the human eye, have just recently become the subject of environmental regulation. Air quality health research of the Bureau of Mines focuses on the monitoring and control of these small particulates, which include coal and rock dusts, diesel soot, and radiation. Research strives to control the particulates at their source of generation; hence, it is a true worker health and environmental program. This research is becoming more important since current and proposed Federa1 regulations controlling airborne contaminants are ahead of the technology to sample, measure, and control many of the substances. Due to the confined, dusty, humid, and often hot mine environment, the technology developed by the Bureau has application to the most difficult industrial and environmental air quality problems. The presentation will describe the Bureau/s air quality research and how it helps ensure the technical and economic feasibility of the growing list of rulemaking legislation involving air quality.
Environmental-contamination; Environmental-hazards; Environmental-health; Environmental-factors; Lung-disease; Dusts; Dust-particles; Particulates; Particulate-dust; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health; Air-quality; Airborne-dusts; Coal-dust; Air-contamination; Sampling; Sampling-methods; Work-environment; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Respiratory-system-disorders