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Miners' views about personal dust monitors.

Authors
Peters-RH; Vaught-C; Hall-EE; Volkwein-JC
Source
NIOSH 2008 Feb; :1-47
NIOSHTIC No.
20033296
Abstract
Coal workers' pneumoconiosis is the leading cause of death due to occupational illness among U.S. coal miners. This disease is caused by miners' exposure to excessive levels of respirable coal mine dust. A personal dust monitor (PDM) has recently been developed to provide near real-time feedback to miners regarding the level of respirable coal dust in the air they breathe. The main objective of this report is to document coal miners' reactions to this device and how they make use of the information it provides. It summarizes a field study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health that documented the opinions of 30 miners at 4 underground coal mines concerning the use of PDMs.
Keywords
Mining-industry; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Respiratory-system-disorders; Coal-workers; Coal-workers-pneumoconiosis; Coal-dust; Coal-miners; Coal-mining; Underground-mining; Underground-miners; Work-practices; Exposure-assessment
Publication Date
20080201
Document Type
Numbered Publication; Information Circular
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
PB2008-108289
NTIS Price
A05
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 2008-110; IC-9501
NIOSH Division
PRL
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
PA
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