Respirable Mine Dust Partnership

Keywords: Respirable dust
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A partnership between MSHA and NIOSH to share information on issues related to respirable mine dust.

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The partnership held its inaugural meeting from 2 to 3 p.m. ET on February 5, 2020, at the headquarters of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) in Arlington, VA, and it was open to mining, public health, and medical stakeholders.

View the slides, agenda, and attendees list from the meeting on MSHA's page about the partnership.

The partnership will address exposures to a broad range of respirable hazards, including respirable crystalline silica (quartz). Some of the goals for this partnership include:

  • Reviewing existing literature and scientific studies regarding quartz exposure among miners;
  • Providing recommendations addressing shortcomings in the data; and
  • Identifying easily achievable recommendations that will have near-term benefits to reduce miners' exposure to quartz and other respirable hazards.

Page last reviewed: 2/7/2020 Page last updated: 2/3/2020