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Worker Exposure To Respirable Dust

A recent assessment was performed by the NSW Government to provide an in-depth look at the “control measures for respirable dust management and their implementation”. The assessment was undertaken by a multi-disciplined team of Mine Safety inspectors for NSW underground coal mines.

The specific findings highlighted the need to:

  • ensure the “Ventilation Control Plan” accurately records the ventilation quantities required for safe production to occur;
  • develop a “Standard for Ventilation” where cement products are used in underground coal mines;
  • and review “Procedures for Activities” carried out on the return side of dust generating activities.

Targeted assessments are always seen as a valuable process capable of identifying critical risk control issues not previously uncovered by conventional inspection regimes in mines, quarries and other commercial environments. This approach also highlighted the strong benefits of using a multidisciplinary inspection team to identify issues across a range of areas through one activity.

Mideco are well placed to solve even your most challenging dust collection and extraction system problems. With over sixty years of successful dust collection projects behind us, our solutions process takes into account all aspects and steps to better understand and define our customers’ dust control problem, develop the essential criteria for the solution and design the most appropriate solution. We also provide post implementation support and servicing of equipment to ensure your projects are an ongoing success. We work with our customers to help support their “Procedure for Activities” to be carried out safely for both their workers and the environment.