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Facts about methane that are important to mine safety.
Handbook for methane 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. 2006-127 (IC 9486), 2006 Jun; :3-25
Dealing with methane in mines and tunnels requires knowledge of the circumstances under which dangerous accumulations of methane are likely to occur. This knowledge involves the properties of the gas itself, an awareness of where these accumulations are likely to occur, and facts on how methane mixes safely into the mine air. The other chapters in this handbook address the handling of methane under a variety of specific circumstances, such as at continuous miner faces or coal storage silos. This chapter addresses some broad concepts that serve as a foundation for the suggestions provided in other chapters.
Mining-industry; Methane-control; Methanes; Safety-research; Explosions; Gases; Mine-gases; Ethanes; Coal-mining; Metal-mining; Nonmetal-mining; Ventilation; Ignition-sources
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Handbook for methane control in mining
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division