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Interdisciplinary Update on Miner Safety and Health

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 8:00am to 5:45pm
Location: Hilton Lexington Downtown

The University of Kentucky Department of Mining Engineering and the Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center (CARERC) is offering this one-day seminar being held in conjunction with the 74th Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Mining Institute. CARERC is a NIOSH-funded research and education partnership of University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University.
This interdisciplinary conference - designed for the benefit of coal miners, coal mine operators, and the health and safety personnel who support them - will focus on scientific and policy developments of interest to all parties. Topics to be addressed include:

  • The current science indicating the risk for respiratory diseases among coal miners
  • State-of-the-art tools and techniques for measuring coal dust
  • Current status for exposure limits
  • Need for periodic health surveillance of coal workers 

National experts in the areas of respiratory disease, health surveillance, industrial hygiene, and occupational safety and health will participate in this cordial and informative cross-disciplinary forum.

The event is timely and important! Regulatory standards require coal mine operators to continuously maintain the average concentration of respirable-dust exposure for mineworkers to no more than 2.0 mg/m3. Compliance with the standard is determined from the average of five valid samples collected during five consecutive, normal-production shifts. In October 2010, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register titled “Lowering Miners’ Exposure to Respirable Coal Mine Dust, Including Continuous Personal Dust Monitors (CPDM).”  The proposed rule aims to reduce miners' exposure to respirable coal mine dust by revising the Agency's existing standard. The major provisions of the proposed rule would lower the existing exposure limit, establish sampling requirements for the recently commercialized CPDM, require full-shift sampling converted to an eight-hour equivalent, require single-shift compliance sampling, redefine the term normal production shift, and require mine operators to sample the Designated Occupation during each production shift, seven days per week, fifty-two weeks per year. Participants in this multi-faceted event will have the opportunity to discuss the history, context, and implications of the proposed rule from a full range of perspectives.

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