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Improved Dust Control At Chutes, Dumps, Transfer Points and Crushers in Noncoal Mining Operations.

Rodgers-SJ; Rankin-RL; Marshall-MD
NTIS: PB 297-422 :93 pages
Improved methods of dust control in the metal and nonmetal mining industries were studied. Preliminary dust surveys were made at selected mines and three mines were chosen for additional studies. Dust control effectiveness was evaluated using full-shift gravimetric sampling and dust monitor readings. Analyses for free silica content and particle size distribution were conducted. A belt washing system that was used to control dust at a transfer point was evaluated. The average reduction of respirable dust was 48 pct and the average reduction of total dust was 78 pct. The belt washing system not only maintained the work place within compliance but reduced maintenance problems along the beltway by 90 pct. Ventilation along with operation of the crusher control room under slight positive pressure maintained the work place within compliance. An exhaust ventilation system was designed for use at an underground rotary dump. High expansion foam was used at an ore chute in an attempt to control dust at the draw and loading points. Results indicated that foam did not effectively control dust.
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OFR 67-79
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NTIS: PB 297-422
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Msa Res. Corp.
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division