Mining Workshop: Best Practices for Controlling Respirable Dust in Coal Mines
Beckley, WV: November 3, 2009, Birmingham, AL: March 24, 2010, Evansville, IN: April 21, 2010, Pittsburgh, PA: May 26, 2010, Grand Junction, CO: June 2, 2010
NIOSH OMSHR and MSHA hosted a series of workshops on controlling respirable dust with practical control technologies and techniques.
Inhalation of excessive levels of respirable coal dust can cause Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis (CWP), and overexposure to respirable silica dust can lead to silicosis. Recent surveillance indicates the number of CWP cases is rising. These occupational lung diseases can be disabling or fatal in severe cases, but are preventable through limiting worker exposure.
To request more information or a DVD containing the NIOSH workshop presentations send an email to OMSHR@cdc.gov.
Proper Examination of Longwall, Continuous Mining Machine, Roof Bolter and Other Dust Control Systems
John Hendley, Mine Safety and Health Specialist, Division of Health, Coal Mine Safety and Health, MSHA
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- Laboratory Testing To Quantify Dust Entrainment During Shield Advance
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- Respirable Dust Control for Surface Mines
- Respirable Dust Control Methods on Continuous Mining Operations
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- Page last reviewed: 6/11/2014
- Page last updated: 9/7/2012
- Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Mining Program