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Critical Review of Dust in the Mining Environment: A Focus on Workers and Community Health

Version 1 : Received: 26 November 2018 / Approved: 27 November 2018 / Online: 27 November 2018 (12:10:56 CET)

How to cite: Chiluba, B. Critical Review of Dust in the Mining Environment: A Focus on Workers and Community Health. Preprints 2018, 2018110602 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201811.0602.v1). Chiluba, B. Critical Review of Dust in the Mining Environment: A Focus on Workers and Community Health. Preprints 2018, 2018110602 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201811.0602.v1).

Abstract

Dust inhalation is a huge concern in the mining environment and within all its operations. In fact, dust to be one of the most serious occupational hazards in the mining industry. Coal and crystalline silica dust are the causes of serious, sometimes fatal lung diseases such as pneumoconiosis, which affects coal miners, as well as silicosis, tuberculosis, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and chronic renal disease, which affect coal and other types of miners. The resulting effects both affect workers and nearby communities. The mining industry has in the past, employed several approaches to reduce effects of dust. But these strategies have often been ineffective because the grass withers during the dry season and sprayed water is rapidly absorbed or evaporates. This paper endeavors to review information on dust in the mining environment and how it is a nuisance to workers and communities and establish what strategies exist for this.

Subject Areas

Dust; Mining; Environment; Sustainability; community health; occupational health

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