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Mining Publication: Improving Silica Dust Control Through Targeted Research

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Original creation date: February 2002

Image of publication Improving Silica Dust Control Through Targeted Research

NIOSH conducted a strategic planning effort to identify those areas in mining with the greatest research needs. Data analysis and stakeholder input identified the need to reduce worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica dust as a high priority area. MSHA dust sampling data were analyzed to target the mining commodities and occupations with the greatest percentage of samples containing silica above compliance levels. In response, the Pittsburgh Research Laboratory (PRL) has implemented a multi-faceted research program to improve silica dust control for these problematic commodities and occupations. A review of silica compliance trends, PRL silica research programs, and recent control technology developments are provided here.

Authors: JF Colinet, ED Thimons

Conference Paper - February 2002

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20023178

2002 SME Annual Meeting, Feb 25-27, Phoenix, Arizona, preprint 02-189. Littleton, CO: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., 2002 Feb; :1-6