Evaluation of the SKC, Inc., dust detective.
Hall-EE; Vinson-RP; Volkwein-JC
Proceedings of the 11th U.S./North American Mine Ventilation Symposium, University Park, Pennsylvania, June 5-7, 2006. Mutmansky JM, Ramani RV. eds., London, U.K.: Taylor & Francis Group, 2006 Jun; :175-178
Assessment of workplace exposures is an important tool for helping to minimize dust-related occupational illness and diseases. Real-time particulate monitoring can effectively locate areas where dust controls are needed and determine how well they are working. An affordable, person-wearable, real-time dust monitor is needed. The SKC, Inc., Dust Detective (SKCDD) fulfills those requirements. The SKCDD consists of a disposable sampling tube connected to a small handheld sampling pump. The SKCDD was developed through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement between NIOSH and SKC, Inc. The relationship of dust concentrations measured by personal gravimetric samplers to those measured by the SKCDD was determined in a laboratory aerosol chamber. A comparison of the means and the relative standard deviation of triplicate measurements of each type of sampling device demonstrated that the SKCDD is a viable alternative means for measuring dust. While it provides accurate measurements for specific coal types, it requires correction factors (which still need to be calculated) for other coal types.
Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Occupational-diseases; Dusts; Dust-measurement; Respirable-dust; Coal-dust; Coal-workers-pneumoconiosis; Pneumoconiosis; Occupational-health; Silica-dusts; Black-lung; Coal-miners; Coal-mining; Miners; Mine-workers; Dust-samplers; Dust-exposure; Occupational-respiratory-disease
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Research Tools and Approaches: Exposure Assessment Methods
Proceedings of the 11th U.S./North American Mine Ventilation Symposium, University Park, Pennsylvania, June 5-7, 2006