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Complying with New Federal Limits on Mine Dust Exposure

This year, the Mine Health and Safety Administration (MSHA) began phasing in new dust exposure regulations to help reduce coal miner’s exposure to deadly dust as part of their Respirable Coal Dust Rule. August 1 marked the third and final phase of the rule, reducing permissible dust exposure limits from 2 milligrams per cubic meter of air to 1.5 mg.

Soilworks, the global specialist in mining dust control, helps provide mines with the necessary solutions to maintain compliance with MSHA regulations by controlling dust with industry-leading underground haul road and mine tailing products that are safe for the environment.

The Respirable Coal Dust Rule reduces coal dust exposure limits by one quarter for underground mining operations. In addition, new technology is enforced to provide real-time monitoring of dust levels in order to avoid prolonged periods of high coal dust.

These regulations were established to combat the excessive counts of lung diseases such as pneumoconiosis, emphysema, silicosis and chronic bronchitis, together known as black lung caused by inhaling coal dust raised into the air by coal-cutting machines.

Soilworks, the global specialist in mining dust control, helps provide mines with the necessary solutions to maintain compliance with MSHA regulations by controlling dust with industry-leading underground haul road and mine tailing products that are safe for the environment.

Top-Performing Mine Dust Control

Soilworks is the world’s most trusted dust control solution partner for large-scale open pit and underground mining operations all around the globe.

From open, wind-blown tailings impoundments and dam wall erosion, to dusty underground drifts, ribs and haul roads, Soilworks is known for its consistency in producing quality top-performing solutions that solve a range of problems faced by the mining industry today.

Controlling Dust in Underground and Open Pit Mines

Soilworks provides the only patented non-petroleum synthetic dust control fluid for tough mining dust control projects.

Durasoil is a unique and effective dust suppressant that is environmentally friendly and provides quality performance for extended periods of time with its unique, self-healing and re-workable properties. The colorless and odorless solution works to “wet out” any soil or aggregate to reduce airborne dust in underground mining operations.

Another Soilworks product with a dependable reputation amongst the mining industry is Gorilla-Snot, a value-engineered liquid copolymer that is eco-safe, biodegradable and used to control dust and erosion on mine tailings impoundments.

Mining professionals trust Gorilla-Snot to provide quality dust control and soil stabilization that does not rinse away with rain, affect flotation recovery processes or harm soils.

How Our Products Help the Mining Industry

An excess amount of dust and debris is produced as a result of daily mining operations, but Soilworks has created a flagship line of eco-friendly solutions to help keep harmful dust at bay. 

With a complete array of soil stabilization and dust control solutions, our team of experts in mining dust control can help determine which solution will fit your project needs.

For more information, please visit www.soilworks.com/ or /industries-we-serve/mining.aspx.