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.

Research scope

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.

Project team


David Cliff, The University of Queensland

Nikky LaBranche, Simtars

Mark Shepherd, Coal Services

Fritz Djukic, Department of Natural Resources and Mines

Industry monitors

Bharath Belle, Anglo American

Peter Smith, Centennial Coal

ACARP research coordinator

Bevan Kathage, ACARP

More information

For more information on the project, please contact us.