Lowering respirable dust exposures at mineral processing facilities.
Cecala-AB; Timko-RJ; Thimons-ED
Proceedings of the Eighth US Mine Ventilation Symposium, Rolla, Missouri, June 11-17, 1999. Rolla, Missouri: University of Missouri-Rolla Press, 1999 Jun; :221-227
This article discusses three research projects performed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, (formerly the Bureau of Mines), that reduce the respirable dust exposure of plant workers at mineral processing facilities. All three of these projects are very different but they all have the same goal of reducing worker exposure to respirable dust at mineral processing facilities. The first project deals with a total mill ventilation system that reduces dust levels throughout an entire building and lowers the dust exposure of everyone working in the structure. The second project describes a bag and belt cleaner device that reduces the amount of dust on the outside of bags of product and primarily reduces the dust exposure of the bag stackers, as well as anyone handling the bags until their end use. The third project discusses how to reduce a worker's dust exposure from secondary dust sources through improved work practices. This area of research can potentially impact all workers at these facilities. All three of these research projects have been shown to significantly reduce the dust exposure of workers at mineral processing facilities.
Mine-shafts; Coal-miners; Coal-mining; Coal-workers; Mine-workers; Miners; Mining-industry; Mining-equipment; Underground-mining; Underground-miners; Respirable-dust; Respiratory-irritants; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system; Silicates; Silica-dusts; Silicosis; Mineral-processing; Mineral-dusts; Quartz-dust; Statistical-analysis; Ventilation-systems; Ventilation; Dust-analysis; Dust-control-equipment; Dust-control; Dust-exposure; Dust-inhalation; Dust-particles
Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA, 15236
Proceedings of the Eighth US Mine Ventilation Symposium, Rolla, Missouri, June 11-17, 1999