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.

Upcoming events

To be announced

Past events


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: October 26, 2020
Page last updated: October 26, 2020