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Document ID (ISN)108374
CIS number 08-903
Year 2008
Convention or series no. DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No.2008-110
Author(s) Peters R.H., Vaught C., Hall E.E., Volkwein J.C.
Title Miners' views about personal dust monitors
Bibliographic information Publications Dissemination, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226-2001, USA, Feb. 2008. 47p. Illus. 40 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract Coal workers' pneumoconiosis is the leading cause of death due to occupational illness among U.S. coal miners. This disease is caused by miners' exposure to excessive levels of respirable coal mine dust. A personal dust monitor (PDM) was recently developed to provide near real-time feedback to miners regarding the level of respirable coal dust in the air they breathe. The main objective of this report is to document coal miners' reactions to this device and how they make use of the information it provides. It summarizes a field study by NIOSH that documented the opinions of 30 miners at 4 underground coal mines concerning the use of PDMs.
Descriptors (primary) coal dust; coal mining; respirable dust; personal sampling
Descriptors (secondary) safety consciousness; public OSH institutions; USA; coalworkers pneumoconiosis; determination in air; workers' participation; survey
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) Workers' participation
Mining and quarrying