The Dust Management: Protecting Your Health module highlights health hazards and other dangers dust—and respirable dust, in particular—presents in underground and surface mining. It offers ways to manage dust effectively and to get miners thinking about how they can control their exposure to dust.
Created by the Emergency Preparedness and Worker Safety Training Program at the Center for Educational Technologies at Wheeling Jesuit University, the workbook gives instructors a variety of options to enhance the training. For instance, at the end of the book are discussion scenarios designed to get miners to apply some of the concepts covered. The book also includes additional optional review questions.
The module features a section on the continuous personal dust monitor (CPDM) that the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) proposed in 2010 as a requirement for every miner along with explanations of proposed respirable dust standards that would lower the permissible amount for miners to inhale during a shift. At the time of this writing, MSHA’s proposed rule requiring CPDMs and stricter dust standards has not been approved.
Dust Management: Protecting Your Health received an achievement certificate at the 2012 Mine Health and Safety Training Materials Competition sponsored by MSHA and held in conjunction with its TRAM/National Mine Instructors Seminar.