April 2000
Volume 52    Issue 4

Silica collection concerns when using flooded-bed scrubbers

Mining Engineering , 2000, Vol. 52, No. 4, pp. 24-29
Colinet, J.F.; Jankowski, R.A.

Silicosis, a debilitating and potentially deadly lung disease, develops through the inhalation of excessive levels of respirable crystalline silica dust. In underground coal mines, continuous miner operators have historically been at a high risk of overexposure to silica. More than 25% of the compliance dust samples from continuous miner operators exceed the permissible exposure limit (NIOSH, 1995).

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