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Sampling to quantify respirable dust generation.
Best practices for dust control in coal mining. 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 2010-110, Pittsburgh, PA: National Institute for Occupational Safety and health, 2010 Jan; :11-16
The respirable fraction of the airborne dust is the dust that reaches the lungs and leads to the development of coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP) or silicosis. Respirable dust cannot be seen with the eye. Conversely, if a dust cloud is visible, it is likely that a portion of the airborne dust will be in the respirable size range. To quantify the amount of harmful respirable dust in the mine air, sampling instrumentation must be used. New cases of lung disease in miners have been occurring at increased rates since 2000. As a result, accurate respirable dust sampling is important to quantify worker exposures and identify dust sources. Sampling results can then be used to implement control technologies in the most problematic areas.
Mining-industry; Coal-mining; Underground-mining; Respirable-dust; Coal-dust; Silica-dusts; Emission-sources; Exposure-assessment; Dust-control; Control-methods; Dust-sampling; Dust-measurement; Airborne-dusts
Best practices for dust control in coal mining
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