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Mining Product: Dust Control Handbook for Industrial Minerals Mining and Processing

Original creation date: January 2012

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Throughout the mining and processing of minerals, the mined ore undergoes a number of crushing, grinding, cleaning, drying, and product sizing operations as it is processed into a marketable commodity. These operations are highly mechanized, and both individually and collectively these processes can generate large amounts of dust. If control technologies are inadequate, hazardous levels of respirable dust may be liberated into the work environment, potentially exposing workers. Accordingly, federal regulations are in place to limit the respirable dust exposure of mine workers. Engineering controls are implemented in mining operations in an effort to reduce dust generation and limit worker exposure.

Authors: AB Cecala, AD O'Brien, J Schall, JF Colinet, WR Fox, RJ Franta, GJ Joy, WR Reed, PW Reeser, JR Rounds, MJ Schultz

Report of Investigations - January 2012

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20040225

Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2012-112 (RI 9689), 2012 Jan; :1-284