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An overview of USBM/NIOSH technology to reduce silica dust in metal/nonmetal mines and mills.
Cecala-AB; Organiscak-JA; Chekan-GJ; Zimmer-JA; Rider-JP; Colinet-JF
Extracting the science: a century of mining research. Brune JF, ed., Littleton, CO: Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, 2010 Jan; :442-452
Inhalation of respirable silica dust can lead to silicosis, a disabling and potentially fatal lung disease. For the metal/nonmetal industry, silica exposures occur during the mining and processing of the ore. A focus of the U.S. Bureau of Mines (USBM) and now the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has been to conduct research to lower silica concentrations in metal/nonmetal operations. This report reviews various control techniques that have been developed at the USBM/NIOSH over the past 30 years and have been demonstrated to be successful at lowering respirable silica levels at metal/nonmetal mines and mills.
Airborne-dusts; Control-technology; Dust-control; Dust-exposure; Dust-inhalation; Dust-measurement; Engineering-controls; Exposure-assessment; Exposure-levels; Exposure-methods; Inhalation-studies; Metal-dusts; Metallic-dusts; Metal-mining; Miners; Mine-workers; Mining-industry; Pulmonary-function; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Respiratory-irritants; Respiratory-system-disorders; Silica-dusts; Silicon-compounds; Silicosis; Nonmetal-mining
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Extracting the science: a century of mining research
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division