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  • Coal Mine Explosion Prevention
    December 9, 2011 Newsworthy
    Preventing coal mine explosions requires a suite of control strategies and NIOSH continues to conduct research to develop more effective intervention measures.
  • Trend in Black Lung Cases Concerns NIOSH Researchers
    December 9, 2011
    Implementation of dust control technology and improved dust monitoring are effective ways for mine operators to reduce exposures to respirable coal dust. OMSHR is working to assist the industry’s efforts to limit miner exposure to dust.
  • Technology for Real-Time Monitoring of Coal Dust Explosion Hazards
    December 5, 2011 Newsworthy
    The NIOSH Coal Dust Explosibility Meter (CDEM) is available for purchase and use in underground coal mines. A recent Information Circular supports its use for real-time explosibility testing of rock and coal dust samples.
  • Intelligent Proximity Detection to Improve Miner Safety
    November 28, 2011 Newsworthy
    NIOSH is developing a prototype intelligent system that provides enhanced protection by continuously monitoring miners’ positions in relation to the machine and established safety zones.
  • Rib Falls: A Major Ground Control Issue
    June 29, 2011
    NIOSH's OMSHR is starting a new project to produce guidance and tools to improve management of rib fall hazards.
  • New Rock Dusting Standard to Prevent Coal Mine Explosions
    May 25, 2011
    NIOSH recommends a new standard of 80% total incombustible content be required in intake airways of bituminous coal mines in the absence of methane.
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