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Mine Safety: Reports and Key Studies Support the Scientific Conclusions Underlying the Proposed Exposure Limit for Respirable Coal Mine Dust
Revae Moran (au)
Coal mine dust is one of the most serious occupational hazards in the coal mining industry, and overexposure can cause coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP) and a number of other lung diseases, collectively referred to as black lung disease. In October 2010, Labor's Mine Safety and Health Admin. (MSHA) -- the federal agency responsible for setting and enforcing mine safety and health standards -- proposed revising the existing standard for coal mine dust to lower the permissible exposure limit (PEL) from 2.0 milligrams of dust per cubic meter of air (mg/m3) to 1.0 mg/m3. Several coal mining companies and others have questioned the evidence and analytical methods used to support the proposed PEL. This report reviews and reports on the data collection, sampling methods, and analyses MSHA used to support its proposal. Although MSHA's proposed rule includes other provisions, this review focuses on MSHA's proposal to lower the PEL for coal mine dust from 2.0 mg/m3 to 1.0 mg/m3. It addresses the following question: What are the strengths and limitations of the data and analytical methods MSHA used to support its proposal to lower the PEL for coal mine dust? This is a print on demand report.
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