The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently developed the Personal Dust Monitor (PDM) for use in coal mines. Designed to be worn as a convenient part of a miner's regular protective equipment, the PDM detects worker exposure to respirable dust in real time. Extensive testing has shown the PDM to be an effective tool for measuring miners' dust exposure. The real-time data display empowers miners to reduce their work exposure to coal mine dust. Now new software makes it easier to transfer, secure and analyze data from the device. The PDM is manufactured commercially by Thermo Scientific. Included with the device is WinPDM, a software application for configuring the device settings. This software is also capable of producing a Comma Separated Value (CSV) file from PDM data, which is then exported into other applications for processing. Spreadsheet applications such as Microsoft Excel can be used for simple analysis of the data; however, translating data from multiple instruments into summary reports requires substantial effort. In addition, tracking information for multiple days, specific occupations, groups of instruments, and other such scenarios becomes a complicated endeavor.
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