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CDC Offers Dust Control Handbook

PTP08 26 19 CDCThe second edition of the Dust Control Handbook for Industrial Minerals Mining and Processing represents a successful collaborative effort by government and industry toward protecting the health of U.S. mine workers, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The two principal stakeholder partnerships active in creating this handbook were between the NIOSH Mining Program of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Industrial Minerals Association–North America (IMA-NA).

The mission of the NIOSH Mining Program is to eliminate mining fatalities, injuries, and illnesses through research and prevention, while the IMA-NA is the representative voice of companies that extract and process raw materials known as industrial minerals.

The handbook was written by a task force of safety and health specialists, industrial hygienists, and engineers to provide information on proven and effective control technologies that lower workers’ dust exposures during all stages of mineral processing.

The handbook describes both dust-generating processes and the control strategies necessary to enable mine operators to reduce worker dust exposure. Implementation of the engineering controls discussed can assist operators, health specialists, and workers in reaching the ultimate goal of eliminating pneumoconiosis and other occupational diseases caused by dust exposure in the mining industry.

Designed primarily for use by industrial minerals producers, this handbook contains detailed information on control technologies to address all stages of the minerals handling process, including drilling, crushing, screening, conveyance, bagging, loadout, and transport.

The handbook’s aim is to empower minerals industry personnel to apply state-of-the-art dust control technology to help reduce or eliminate mine and mill worker exposure to hazardous dust concentrations – a critical component in ensuring the health of our nation’s mine workers.