Occupational hygiene, also known as industrial hygiene, is the discipline of anticipating, recognising, evaluating and controlling health hazards in the working environment with the objective of protecting worker health and well-being and safeguarding the community at large.

This section provides occupational hygiene resources that are relevant for the management of DPM.

Occ Hygiene

Complexity of Respirable Dust Found in Mining Operations as Characterized by X-ray Diffraction and FTIR Analysis

An open source article by Rachel L.T. Walker. The mineralogical complexity of mine dust complicates exposure monitoring methods for occupational, respirable hazards. Improved understanding of the variability in respirable dust characteristics, e.g., mineral phase occurrence and composition, is required to advance on-site monitoring techniques that can be applied across diverse mining sectors. (More...)

Diesel Oxidation Catalytic Converters for Underground Mining Applications

The diesel oxidation catalytic converter (DOC) has been extensively used by the underground mining industry to reduce exposure of workers to carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrocarbons (HC) emitted by diesel engines. The effects of those devices on the gaseous and diesel particulate matter emissions strongly depend on catalyst formulation. In 2015, NIOSH reviewed certain formulations of catalytic coatings used in DOCs marketed to underground mining were scrutinized for their potential to adversely affect emissions of the highly toxic compound, nitrogen dioxide. [More...]

Human health risk assessment in opencast coal mines and coal-fired thermal power plants surrounding area due to inhalation

An open source article by Akhilesh Kumar Yadav. The study aimed to provide quantitative data on air pollution on people living in an industrial area of middle India. The twenty-four monitoring of nitrogen dioxide concentrations, sulfur dioxide, PM 2.5 and PM 10 was used to investigate people’s exposure and health effects in the surrounding study area from January 2016 to December 2017. (More...)

The application of low-cost particulate matter sensors for air quality monitoring and exposure assessment in underground mines – A review

An open source article by Nana Amoako Amoah. Exposure to mining-induced particulate matter (PM) including coal dust and diesel particulate matter (DPM) causes severe respiratory diseases such as coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP) and lung cancer. Limited spatiotemporal resolution of current PM monitors causes miners to be exposed to unknown PM concentrations, with increased overexposure risk. (More...)