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Effective control of respirable dust in underground coal mines in the United States.

Authors
Colinet-JF; Goodman-GVR; Listak-JM; Chekan-GJ; Rider-JP; Pollock-DE; Thimons-ED
Source
Proceedings of the Eighth International Mine Ventilation Congress, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, July 6-8, 2005. Carlton, Victoria, Australia: Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 2005 Jul; :129-134
NIOSHTIC No.
20028287
Abstract
The extraction and transport of coal from underground coal mines can result in significant liberation of coal and/or silica dust into the mine atmosphere. Mine operators have long used ventilating air as a primary means of diluting generated dust, removing dust from the working faces, and preventing dust from reaching the miners' working environment. As production levels have increased, mine operators continue to be challenged in maintaining dust concentrations below compliance levels. The need for maximizing the effectiveness of available ventilating air in conjunction with other effective controls, such as water sprays and dust collectors, continues to be critical to the long-term health of mine workers. NIOSH has conducted full-scale lab and mine-site research to evaluate improved application of dust controls for both longwall and continuous mining methods. A summary of recent research results and recommended practices is provided.
Keywords
Respirable-dust; Dusts; Underground-mining; Coal-mining; Mining-industry; Ventilation; Pneumoconiosis; Lung-disease; Occupational-health; Silicosis; Coal-miners; Miners; Dust-exposure; Dust-control; Longwall-mining
Contact
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Publication Date
20050706
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Editors
Gillies-ADS
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
1920806326
NIOSH Division
PRL
Priority Area
Research Tools and Approaches: Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment
Source Name
Proceedings of the Eighth International Mine Ventilation Congress
State
PA
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