Respirable Mine Dust Partnership
A partnership between MSHA and NIOSH to share information on issues related to respirable mine dust.
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.
- Best Practices for Controlling Respirable Dust in Coal Mines
- Dust Considerations When Using Belt Entry Air to Ventilate Work Areas
- Dust Underfoot: Enclosed Cab Floor Heaters Can Significantly Increase Operator's Respirable Dust Exposure
- Evaluation of the Approach to Respirable Quartz Exposure Control in U.S. Coal Mines
- Improving Silica Dust Control Through Targeted Research
- Laboratory and Field Performance of a Continuously Measuring Personal Respirable Dust Monitor
- Laboratory Testing To Quantify Dust Entrainment During Shield Advance
- New Tools To Monitor Personal Exposure To Respirable Coal Mine Dust
- Technology News 463 - Machine-Mounted Continuous Respirable Dust Monitor
- Technology News 509 - A New Method to Clean Dust From Soiled Work Clothes