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Recommendations for a New Rock Dusting Standard to Prevent Coal Dust Explosions in Intake Airways

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Previous Title: Recent Coal Dust Particle Size Surveys and the Implications for Mine Explosions

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Recommendations for a New Rock Dusting Standard to Prevent Coal Dust Explosions in Intake Airways

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Title: Recommendations for a New Rock Dusting Standard to Prevent Coal Dust Explosions in Intake Airways
Previous Title: Recent Coal Dust Particle Size Surveys and the Implications for Mine Explosions

Subject: This report gives the results of recent coal dust particle size surveys and large-scale explosion tests and how this data impacts rock dusting requirements for underground coal mines.

Purpose: This document will show that the current rock dusting regulation in 30 CFR Pat 75.403 is not sufficient for protecting the mine worker from dust explosions.

Timing of Review: July 2009

Primary Disciplines or Expertise Needed for Review: Physics, mining health and safety, mine explosion research, combustion research

Type of Review: Individual Reviews

Number of Reviewers: 5

Reviewers Selected by: NIOSH

Public Nominations Requested for Reviewers: No

Opportunities for the Public to Comment: Yes

Cross-Clearance Agencies: None

Type of Dissemination: Influential

Peer Reviewers Provided with Public Comments Before Their Review: No

Peer Reviewers:

Larry Grayson
Academic and Professional Credentials: PhD
Organizational Affiliation: Dept. of Mining Eng., Penn State University
Areas of Expertise, Discipline, or Relevant Experience: Mine health and safety
Recommended by: NIOSH

Jan DuPlessis
Academic and Professional Credentials: PhD
Organizational Affiliation: Goldfields, Ltd., South Africa
Areas of Expertise, Discipline, or Relevant Experience: Mine explosion research
Recommended by: NIOSH

Marty Hertzberg
Academic and Professional Credentials: PhD
Organizational Affiliation: Consultant
Areas of Expertise, Discipline, or Relevant Experience: Mine explosion research
Recommended by: NIOSH

Paul Amyotte
Academic and Professional Credentials: PhD
Organizational Affiliation: Dept. of Chemical Eng., Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada
Areas of Expertise, Discipline, or Relevant Experience: Explosion research
Recommended by: NIOSH

Paul Harrison
Academic and Professional Credentials: PhD
Organizational Affiliation: Director, SIMTARS Australia
Areas of Expertise, Discipline, or Relevant Experience: Mine safety research
Recommended by: NIOSH

Charge to Peer Reviewers:

NIOSH is currently assembling a document titled "Recent Coal Dust Particle Size Surveys and the Implications for Mine Explosions." The authors are Ken Cashdollar, Mike Sapko, Eric Weiss, and others. As you know, NIOSH documents go through an internal and external review process. We anticipate that this document will be influential as it will likely impact rock dusting requirements for U.S. underground coal mines. Can you provide one of these external reviews? The document is currently ready for review. Please let me know if you can help us out on this. Thanks for your assistance.

 
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