Improving respirable coal dust exposure monitoring and control
Simtars is currently conducting research to improve monitoring and control of respirable coal dust in mines.
Funded by the Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP), Simtars researchers are working with The University of Queensland and NSW Coal Services, an industry-based organisation serving the coal mining industry in New South Wales.
Following the resurgence in the detection of pneumoconiosis in Queensland coal mines, there is a focus on undertaking pragmatic research into coal dust exposure management that delivers findings that can be practically implemented. With this in mind, the project team will undertake the following activities:
- a review of literature that examines existing research, DNRM and NSW dust data, and recent and relevant conference papers
- an analysis of respirable coal dust exposure data from Queensland and NSW coal mines, examining similar exposure groups (SEGs) and controls and their effectiveness over a 10-year period
- comparative trials of real-time dust monitors
- an analysis of findings, development of a final report, and sharing with industry.
David Cliff, The University of Queensland
Nikky LaBranche, Simtars
Mark Shepherd, Coal Services
Fritz Djukic, Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Bharath Belle, Anglo American
Peter Smith, Centennial Coal
ACARP research coordinator
Bevan Kathage, ACARP
For more information on the project, please contact us.