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Using ventilation control technology to reduce respirable dust exposures at U.S. metal/nonmetal mining operations.

Authors
Cecala-AB; Zimmer-JA; Colinet-JF; Timko-RJ; Chekan-GJ; Pollock-DE
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; :157-165
NIOSHTIC No.
20028290
Abstract
It has long been known that ventilation is a cost-effective method to lower respirable dust concentrations in all types of mining applications. NIOSH has been working on a number of different research techniques that use ventilation as a critical component to lower respirable dust levels at U.S. surface and metal/nonmetal operations. This paper presents five such research efforts. The first research area discusses how improving the ventilation flow patterns in an iron ore mill facility lowered respirable dust concentrations by 31% throughout the primary grinding area. The second research area examines how respirable dust levels were lowered at a dimensional stone shop by using air-cleaning units suspended from the ceiling. A third area discusses how improvements in ventilation at underground limestone mines lowered respirable dust concentrations. The fourth area examines how improvements in dust filtration and pressurization systems significantly impacted the air quality in enclosed cabs of surface mining equipment. The last area presents a newly developed clothes-cleaning technique. This technique uses an air-spray manifold to blow dust from a worker's clothing in an enclosed booth, which confines the dust for capture and removal by a baghouse dust collector. These research areas represent an array of different control technologies to lower respirable dust concentrations. Ventilation is an integral part of these control technologies.
Keywords
Ventilation; Respirable-dust; Dust-exposure; Mining-industry; Metal-mining; Nonmetal-mining; Surface-mining; Underground-mining; Stone-mines; Mining-equipment; Dusts; Dust-control; Miners; Air-quality; Filters; Air-flow; Filtration; Equipment-operators; Clothing; Occupational-health
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; MI; NC
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