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Document ID (ISN)107540
CIS number 08-170
Year 2007
Convention or series no. DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No.2008-100
Title Recirculation filter is key to improving dust control in enclosed cabs
Bibliographic information Publications Dissemination, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226-2001, USA, Oct. 2007. 2p. Illus.
Internet access http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/mining/pubs/pdfs/2008-100.pdf [in English]
Abstract Overexposure to airborne respirable silica dust can cause debilitating or fatal respiratory disease. Drillers and operators of mobile excavating equipment such as bulldozers, loaders and trucks at surface mines are frequently overexposed to silica dust. Enclosed cabs with heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are typically integrated into the mining equipment to protect the operator from the outside environment. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) investigated various cab air filtration systems in the laboratory to evaluate their dust protection performance. Findings are summarized in this leaflet. It was found that air filtration performance depends on the efficiency of the air filters, airflow through the filters, dust loading on the filters, exterior air leakage around the intake filter and wind penetration of outside air into the cab enclosure.
Descriptors (primary) silica; respirable dust; mining industry; opencast work; particulate filters; drivers cabs
Descriptors (secondary) trenching and excavating; filtration efficiency; public OSH institutions; USA; earthmoving equipment; limitation of exposure; design of equipment; data sheet; air filtration
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Mines and quarries
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Respiratory protection
Road transportation
Mining and quarrying