A critical evaluation of dust sampling methodologies in Longwall Mining in Australia and the USA

Plush, Brian, Ren, Ting, and Aziz, Naj (2012) A critical evaluation of dust sampling methodologies in Longwall Mining in Australia and the USA. In: Proceedings of the 2012 Coal Operators' Conference. pp. 193-201. From: 2012 Coal Operators' Conference, 16-17 February 2012, University of Wollongong and the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

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Abstract

Questions relating to the validity and subsequent suitability of the current dust sampling methodologies utilised in Australia and the USA have recently come under scrutiny. The reason for this scrutiny is that there has been a significant increase in Coal Workers‟ Pneumoconiosis in the USA over the last few years despite recorded conformance to exposure level legislation. The opinion by many in the underground coal mining operators in Australia is that the current testing regime tells them very little about the actual operational production of dust on the longwall face in relation to where it is produced, how much is produced or how efficient installed controls are at preventing this dust from entering the atmosphere. Evaluation of the current testing regimes in Australia and the USA are proposed, which identify limitations that are raising questions relating to its suitability to ensure worker health in the underground coal mining operators

Item ID: 59018
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978 1 921522 57 4
Copyright Information: Research Online is the open access institutional repository for the University of Wollongong.
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2019 05:59
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1102 Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology > 110203 Respiratory Diseases @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9601 Air Quality > 960105 Mining Air Quality @ 50%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940505 Workplace Safety @ 50%
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