How is the Mining Industry Managing Dust for Workers Safety?

Mining industry specialists are early adopters of new technology-enhanced mining gear because they improve worker safety and efficiency.

FREMONT, CA: Almost all mining activities are concerned with dust. It coats machinery and equipment with dense, fog-like layers of air.

While respiratory protection is critical for worker safety, the main priority should be monitoring and minimising dust exposure.

Pumps for sampling the air

As part of enhancing mine safety, one must determine the amount of dust in the air. Air sampling pumps are a well-established technology for sampling dust, fumes, and mists to assess the presence of particles.

For instance, The SensidyneGilAir Plus is a newer pump on the market with a Bluetooth connection that allows one to monitor the pump using his smartphone, which is ideal for reporting.

Dust management

After determining the amount of dust in the air, it's time to neutralise the hazard.

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Some of the dust management techniques are as follows:

Haul Road Dust Management: Watering trucks disseminate water across drivable regions using sophisticated ground speed control or manually operated valves. Watering trucks ranging in capacity from 13,000 to 165,000 litres can be utilised with ground speed control to limit the amount of water sprayed while still applying enough water to settle dust.

Dust Management in Stockpiles: Cannons or misting systems can be used to precisely distribute water on stockpiles or dust-generating work areas. Spraying directly and explicitly eliminates the risk of dust from its source, such as an area where blasting is performed.

Vehicle Automated Wash Bays: Keeping automobiles free of dust, mud, muck, snow, and ice extends the vehicle’s life and decreases maintenance times. Cleaning may be dangerous, time-consuming, and costly.

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