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Document ID (ISN)68915
CIS number 97-571
ISSN - Serial title 0829-0369 - Travail et santé
Year 1996
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Gagné L., Gérin M., Perrault G.
Title Mineralogical data and occupational exposure to dusts in Quebec mines
Original title Données minéralogiques et exposition professionnelle aux poussières dans les mines du Québec [in French]
Bibliographic information Mar. 1996, Vol.12, No.1, p.S-2 to S-6. 20 ref.
Internet access 97-0571.pdf [in French]
Abstract The objective of this study was to qualitatively evaluate the occupational exposure of Quebec miners to potentially present and/or unsuspected dusts. Results are presented as tables (matrices) linking the specific mines with worker exposure to the various substances. Partial validation was accomplished by comparing these assessments with dust characterizations done by the Quebec Occupational Health and Safety Research Institute for six of the mines. It appears that mine workers may be exposed to mineral dusts containing not only the substance of primary commercial interest and/or usually monitored, but also other substances originating from the mineralization process e.g. asbestos, talc, mica and arsenic in certain gold mines. This matrix constitutes an inventory that could be used by hygienists as a tool to systematically identify potential exposures in Quebec mines.
Descriptors (primary) Canada; Quebec; mineralogy; exposure evaluation; mining industry; dust
Descriptors (secondary) occupational hygiene; arsenic; occupational health survey; mica; talc; asbestos
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Mines and quarries
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Mining and quarrying