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Mining Publication: A New Method to Clean Dust from Soiled Work Clothes

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Original creation date: June 2006

Image of publication A New Method to Clean Dust from Soiled Work Clothes

Dust from worker's clothes has been shown to be a problematic source of personal dust exposure. A recently completed effort between NIOSH and Unimin Corp. has resulted in a quick and effective way to clean worker clothing. The process involves a booth under negative pressure with an air spray manifold to supply compressed air to blow off the dust from the clothing. The overall system is designed to meet MSHA and OSHA requirements. Results of field testing indicated that the manifold cleaned the clothes 10 times faster and removed 50% more dust than cleaning methods used by workers today.

Authors: DE Pollock, AB Cecala, JA Zimmer, AD O'Brien, JL Howell

Conference Paper - June 2006

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20030311

In: Mutmansky JM, Ramani RV. eds. Proceedings of the 11th U.S./North American Mine Ventilation Symposium (University Park, PA, June 5-7, 2006). London: Taylor & Francis Group, 2006 Jun; :197-201