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Dust respirators in mines and tunnels.
Kissell FN; Hoffman WA
Handbook for dust control in mining. Kissell FN, ed. Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2003-147 (IC 9465), 2003 Jun; :119-128
In this chapter: MSHA regulations for coal mines; MSHA regulations for metal/nonmetal mines; OSHA regulations for tunnel construction; types of respirators used in mines and tunnels; filter materials and filter efficiencies; donning, seal checking, and maintenance; filter service life and respirator information resources. In many cases, engineering controls are not adequate to achieve satisfactory dust levels, so respirators must be used. This chapter explains the Federal regulations governing the use of dust respirators in mines and tunnels and describes the most common dust respirators used. Filter materials and filter efficiencies for respirators are discussed. This chapter also gives some guidelines for respirator use and recommends sources for more dust respirator information. Respirator effectiveness in reducing dust exposure usually exceeds the effectiveness of most engineering control methods.
Dust-control; Dust-control-equipment; Underground-mining; Airborne-dusts; Ventilation; Sprays; Dust-collection; Dust-collectors; Control-technology; Engineering-controls
Research Tools and Approaches: Exposure Assessment Methods
Handbook for dust control in mining
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division