Dust exposure in mining is currently the most urgent occupational health and safety issue in the industry. Working in mining, quarrying, tunnelling and construction exposes workers to the most dangerous types of dust – coal and silica which can lead to irreversible lung diseases such as pneumoconiosis, silicosis and various lung cancers.
The recent surge in the occupational lung illnesses around the world is forcing the OHS bodies and governments to review the industry practices associated with respiratory risks. The U.S. leads the way with the latest Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) silica rule lowering the permissible levels of exposure for all industries to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air during an 8-hour shift.
Mideco’s expertise and innovative dust control solutions can help any business in mining, quarrying, tunnelling, construction or building industries meet the industry regulations and protect staff from the harmful effects of dust.