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A new method to clean dust from soiled work clothes.

Authors
Pollock-DE; Cecala-AB; Zimmer-JA; O'Brien-AD; Howell-JL
Source
Proceedings of the 11th U.S./North American Mine Ventilation Symposium, University Park, Pennsylvania, June 5-7, 2006. Mutmansky JM, Ramani RV. eds., London, U.K.: Taylor & Francis Group, 2006 Jun; :197-201
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
20030311
Abstract
Dust from worker's clothes has been shown to be a problematic source of personal dust exposure. A recently completed effort between NIOSH and Unimin Corp. has resulted in a quick and effective way to clean worker clothing. The process involves a booth under negative pressure with an air spray manifold to supply compressed air to blow off the dust from the clothing. The overall system is designed to meet MSHA and OSHA requirements. Results of field testing indicated that the manifold cleaned the clothes 10 times faster and removed 50% more dust than cleaning methods used by workers today.
Keywords
Mining-industry; Dusts; Clothing; Work-clothing; Dust-exposure; Respirable-dust
Contact
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Publication Date
20060605
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Editors
Mutmansky-JM; Ramani-RV
Fiscal Year
2006
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
0415401488
NIOSH Division
PRL
Priority Area
Research Tools and Approaches: Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment
Source Name
Proceedings of the 11th U.S./North American Mine Ventilation Symposium, University Park, Pennsylvania, June 5-7, 2006
State
PA; NC; IL; VA
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