Dust control and monitoring practices on Australian longwalls

Ren, Ting X., Plush, Brian, and Aziz, Naj (2011) Dust control and monitoring practices on Australian longwalls. Procedia Engineering, 26. pp. 1417-1429.

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Abstract

Fugitive dust on longwalls has always been an issue of concern for production, safety and the health of workers in the underground coal mining industry globally. Longwall personnel can be exposed to harmful dust from multiple dust generation sources. With the increase in production created from the advancement in longwall equipment, dust loads have also increased and this has resulted in an increase in exposure levels to personnel. Control processes in place for the mitigation of dust vary from mine to mine, with each individual mine having a dust mitigation setup that is only effective for that particular mine operation. While the focus in the past has quite correctly been on improving the controls on dust exposure, the future lies in identifying the efficiency of installed controls on operating longwalls, evaluating them through robust and quantitative sampling methods to ensure the most effective controls are in place to prevent occupational disease from occurring. This paper will examine the current controls for dust mitigation on longwalls and propose a new testing methodology to determine dust mitigation efficiency (DME) of installed controls for both respirable and inhalable dust. The main objective of this proposed sampling method is to identify dust loads at independent sources of dust generation in mg/tonne produced on longwall faces and quantify the efficiency of installed controls for the mitigation of produced dust on longwall faces.

Item ID: 58993
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1877-7058
Keywords: fugitive dust; longwall mining; dust mitigation; respirable dust; inhalable dust; Dust Mitigation Efficiency
Copyright Information: © 2011 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Open access under a Creative Commons (CCx-NC-ND 3.0) license.
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2019 21:49
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1102 Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology > 110203 Respiratory Diseases @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920504 Occupational Health @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9601 Air Quality > 960105 Mining Air Quality @ 50%
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