Health

  • Explain why it is important to control surface miners’ exposures to dust and noise, and list the key components of programs designed to reduce workers’ exposures to environmental hazards.

  • Identify the main sources of dust and noise at surface mines, the related health hazards, and health screening techniques.

  • Explain the goals and techniques for sampling air quality at surface mines.

  • Describe techniques for reducing miners’ exposures to dust and other airborne contaminants.

  • Explain the regulations and techniques for assessing noise levels at surface mines.

  • Describe techniques for reducing miners’ exposure to noise.

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45 min

Course Outline

Course Outline

  • Introduction

  • Health Risks of Dust and Noise Exposures

  • Sampling Air Quality

  • Limiting Dust Exposures

  • Sampling Noise Levels

  • Limiting Noise Exposures

  • Summary

Regulations

Regulations

  • MSHA’s Final Rule to Lower Miners’ Exposure to Respirable Coal Dust, Mine Safety and Heath Administration, April 2014

  • Mandatory Heath Standards, Surface Coal Mines and Surface Areas of Underground Coal Mines, Code of Federal Regulations, 30 CFR 71, December 201

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  • Program Information Bulletin No. P13-03, Operator Respirable Dust Sampling Requirements, Mine Safety and Heath Administration, April 201

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  • Noise Control Resource Guide for Surface Mining, Mine Safety and Heath Administration, May 2012

  • A Practical Guide to an Occupational Health Program for Respirable Crystalline Silica, A Joint Project of The Industrial Minerals Association of North America and the Mine Safety and Health Administration, January 2008

  • Noise Basics, Michigan Mine Safety and Health Training, January 2008

  • Compliance Guide to MSHA's Occupational Noise Exposure Standard, Mine Safety and Health Administration, September 1999

  • Dust – What You See Can Hurt You, Mine Safety and Health Administration, Mine Health and Safety Academy, 1999

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