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Powered dust-filtering helmet reduces exposure to diesel soot.

Authors
Potts-JD; Divers-EF
Source
Coal 1990 Sep; 95(9):66-67
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NIOSHTIC No.
10008402
Abstract
Many longwall operations use dust helmets to reduce the respirable dust exposures of miners required to work downwind of crusher, roof support, and shearer operations. While continuous mining sections are usually less dusty, use of diesel equipment may represent a new potential health problem. Diesel particulates consist primarily of insoluble carbonaceous agglomerates and soluble organic compounds with some small concentrations of sulfates and trace metals. Some of the soluble organic compounds that are present in diesel soot have been shown to be carcinogenic in laboratory animals. To address these concerns, the U.S. Bureau of Mines recently conducted a study to determine the efficiency of a dust helmet on diesel particulates.
Keywords
Longwall mining; Underground mining; Underground mines; Underground miners; Mine workers; Miners; Mining; Mining industry; Respirable dust; Personal protective equipment; Diesel exhausts; Particulates; Particulate dust
CODEN
COALEN
Publication Date
19900901
Document Type
OP; Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1990
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
OP 227-90
Issue of Publication
9
ISSN
1040-7820
NIOSH Division
PRC
Source Name
Coal
State
PA
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