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Title: Quantification of dust generating sources in gold and platinum mines
Authors: Biffi, M
Belle, BK
Keywords: SIMRAC
GAP 802
Dust generating sources
Issue Date: Mar-2003
Citation: Biffi, M and Belle, BK. 2003. Quantification of dust generating sources in gold and platinum mines. Safety in Mines Research Advisory Committee, GAP 802, March, 2003, pp 28
Abstract: This report outlines the findings of a study performed to establish the respirable dust generation characteristics of a number of mining activities. A series of thirty-eight tests were performed on five mines in order to establish the respirable dust generation rates linked to activities presumed to be hazardous in this respect. The aim of this study was to identify prominent dust sources that occur in hard rock mines and to characterise these by means of on-site measurement of dust generations. The activities identified for the studies were drilling, scraping, tipping, crushing and rock transfer. The study indicates that dust generation rates are activity dependent and that geological areas contribute to the silica content of the dust. The results indicate that higher levels of mechanization lead to higher generation rates. In addition blasting has been confirmed to generate massive amounts of dust. These points need to be considered in view of developments in modern mining methods that consider the use of mechanised methods together with increased blasting intensity
Description: This report consists of 2 papers: Main report article & Appendix
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/1300
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