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Safety framework for programmable electonics in mining.

Authors
Sammarco-JJ
Source
Min Eng 1999 Dec; 51(12):30-33
NIOSHTIC No.
20025243
Abstract
Mining has one of the highest annual average fatality rates among major U.S. industries. Health and safety dangers have been inherent to mining since the early days of picks and shovels. Even though miners' health and safety has improved over the years, mining is still one of the most dangerous occupations. Mining was traditionally a low tech industry. It is now driven by competitive pressures to go high-tech by using programmable electronics (PE) for machine control, atmospheric monitoring and material processing. The industry's experience with the functional safety of PE is limited compared with other industries. Thus, PE is an emerging technology for mining that can potentially create or worsen hazards. The U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Pittsburgh Research Laboratory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is addressing the safety of this new technology. NIOSH has a proactive project to generate recommendations for addressing the functional safety of PE-based mining systems before the technology proliferates. The recommendations take the form of a safety framework encompassing the entire life cycle for a PE-based mining system.
Keywords
Mining-industry; Computer-models; Accident-statistics; Accident-rates; Accidents; Safety-programs; Safety-practices; Safety-research; Safety-measures; Electronic-equipment; Automation
Contact
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
CODEN
MIENAB
Publication Date
19991201
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2000
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
12
ISSN
0026-5187
NIOSH Division
PRL
Source Name
Mining Engineering
State
PA
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