Auxiliary ventilation plant and air dispersed particulates: an experimental study in the stopes of an Italian talc mine.
Clerici C; Gecchele G; Patrucco M; Longo G
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; (Pt II):1011-1018
An experimental study on auxiliary ventilation and air dispersed particulates in the stopes of an Italian talc mine was described. A sampling technique and suitable apparatus were developed. A series of tests confirmed the virtual absence of asbestos (1332214) fibers. On the basis of extensive sampling, a correlation was identified between a scheme of auxiliary ventilation at various flow rates and dust concentration. A good efficiency of the exhaust auxiliary system, as compared with the blowing system, was observed. This was due to more rapid removal of particles from the workplace, a reduction in air dispersed dust, and the absence of secondary dust production. The authors conclude that the results of the tests on auxiliary ventilation systems allowed for the identification of major features of the talc (14807966) mining facility which could provide acceptable environmental conditions. The exhaust ventilation system is preferred in cases where there is a significant difference between face and level air flow temperature.
Talc dust; Ventilation equipment; Dust control; Ventilation systems; Asbestos fibers; Dust exposure; Exhaust systems; Exhaust ventilation; Air contamination
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 90-108
Proceedings of the VIIth International Pneumoconioses Conference, August 23-26, 1988, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA