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Measurement strategies in U.S. underground coal mines.
Proceedings of the VIIth International Pneumoconioses Conference, August 23-26, 1988, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 90-108, 1990 Nov; (Part II):1124-1133
A review was presented of current measurement strategies in United States (US) underground coal mines. It was noted that the promulgation of a respirable dust standard for underground coal mine environments and the programs instituted to enforce that standard have resulted in a more healthful working environment for US coal mines. Occupational exposures have steadily decreased since promulgation of the respirable dust standard. However, the reduction of dust levels on longwall mining operations has not been as great as on the other types of mining operations. The program requiring coal mine operators to sample their mine environments and to submit the samples to the Federal government for analysis has been effective in reducing underground respirable dust levels and has provided the impetus for them to institute procedures to control dust.
Measurement equipment; Analytical methods; Control technology; Air quality monitoring; Airborne dusts; Coal dust; Workplace studies; Mining industry; Air sampling equipment
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 90-108
Proceedings of the VIIth International Pneumoconioses Conference, August 23-26, 1988, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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