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Survey of nuisance and biologically active dusts in metal and nonmetal mines.
Watson-PJ; Tallman-D; Pahlman-JE
Minneapolis, MN: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9136, 1987 Jan; :1-20
The objective of this study was to prioritize the potential risks nuisance and biologically active dusts and fumes present in metal and nonmetal mines. This was accomplished by ranking numerical values derived from a matrix formula calculation that took into account dose, mine population, and sampling size. Data used in these calculations were obtained from the Mine Inspection Data Analysis System (MIDAS). The dusts determined to have the highest risk potential were quartz respirable particulates, mine dust, cristobalite respirable particulates, welding fume components, and nuisance respirable dust. Other dusts and fumes that were not ranked in this study, owing to small sampling population, but which show a potential risk, include asbestos, talc, hydrogen cyanide, organic compound dusts, arsenic, metal dusts, and metal and nonmetal fumes.
Mining-industry; Metal-mining; Nonmetal-mining; Underground-mining; Fumes; Mining-research; Surveys; Dusts; Mines-excavations; Mine-safety
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Minneapolis, MN: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9136
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