Mining Contract: Adaptation of Wearable Respirable Dust Monitor Prototypes for use in Underground Coal Mines
This contract responds to health and safety issues associated with monitoring and prevention of exposure to respirable dust in underground mines, specifically regarding development of non-regulatory personal measurement of coal dust and/or silica. Feedback is a critical requirement for reducing exposure to known hazards. This device will allow miners to adjust their practices and instantly obtain feedback as to whether or not it worked to reduce exposure to respirable dust. It will also be lighter and less bulky than the CPDM, which are common complaints associated with the CPDM.
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The overarching goal of this proposed project is to adapt the Wearable Respirable Dust Monitor (WEARDM) system developed by UIC under contract #200-2016-91153 for reliable long-term use in underground coal mines. This adaptation includes design changes and achieving MSHA regulatory approval regarding intrinsic safety  permitting its use in underground coal mines. The adaptation will result in prototypes that are rugged and apt to operate for extended time in underground mining operations, including facilitated access to reliably service the internal components between shifts and wireless download of measured exposure data.
The project will address the following sub-objectives:
- Adapt the WEARDM prototype designs to mining environment and fabricate a minimum of five (5) copies of the adapted prototypes.
- Obtain MSHA permissibility certification of the adapted prototypes for in-mine testing (temporary experimental and permanent).
- Evaluate the functionality of the adapted prototypes in collaboration with NIOSH in laboratory and mining environments.
- Connect with a commercialization partner and support technology transfer.
- Determining the Spatial Variability of Personal Sampler Inlet Locations
- Dust Considerations When Using Belt Entry Air to Ventilate Work Areas
- Enhanced Utilization of Personal Dust Monitor Feedback
- Equivalency of a Personal Dust Monitor to the Current United States Coal Mine Respirable Dust Sampler
- Laboratory and Field Performance of a Continuously Measuring Personal Respirable Dust Monitor
- Laboratory Evaluation of Pressure Differential-based Respirable Dust Detector Tube
- Laboratory Testing To Quantify Dust Entrainment During Shield Advance
- New Tools To Monitor Personal Exposure To Respirable Coal Mine Dust
- Next Generation Continuous Personal Dust Monitor (CPDM)
- Respirable Dust Measured Downwind During Rock Dust Application