The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has recently updated its guidelines on controlling respiratory risks in the mining industry. The second edition of the Dust Control Handbook for Industrial Minerals Mining and Processing was published in March, 2019.

NIOSH Handbook 2019The publication was created with the support of the Industrial Minerals Association–North America (IMA-NA) and NIOSH Mining Program, whose mission is to eliminate fatalities, injuries and illnesses in mining.

The handbook is written by safety and health specialists, industrial hygienists, and engineers, and provides the latest information on proven and effective control technologies that lower staff’s dust exposures at every stage of mineral processing. The ultimate goal of the publication is to facilitate the elimination of dust exposure related occupational lung diseases in mining.

NIOSH is a government agency that doesn’t advertise brands but provides dust control recommendations through presenting the latest and most innovative technologies. The agency included Mideco’s Bat Booth®’s design as one of the best examples of removing dust from personnel clothing thus helping prevent dust related diseases, in particular those caused by silica exposure.

Only two such dust control systems exist anywhere in the world with Mideco’s version being presented as the most advanced. Mideco’s system provides up to 80% dust extraction by using only compressed air and can be installed at outdoor or indoor sites with minimal space and maintenance requirements.

The Dust Control Handbook for Industrial Minerals Mining and Processing has been the essential guide on safety practices in mining since it was first published in 2012. This second, updated edition will continue to play a major role in addressing the issue of occupational lung diseases in the industry for years to come.

Being included in this leading dust control publication recognises Mideco’s unique contribution to the occupational health and safety.

You can download the publication and to learn more about it here.  The clothes dust cleaning technologies are described on pages 260 – 270 of the pdf document.