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Standing Committee on Dust Research and Control

The Standing Committee on Dust Research and Control, established in 1954, is an expert advisory body comprising representatives of the colliery proprietors, mining unions, industry specialists, government departments and Coal Services medical and engineering personnel.

  • Monitor the results of respirable dust sampling

  • Evaluate dust hazards

  • Research improved dust control methods

  • Disseminate information

  • Educate coal mine personnel in matters related to dust control

In August 2010, the Standing Dust committee was restructured to formally include diesel particulates as a regular topic for consideration. A decision was also made to focus on noise through regular monitoring and reporting as well as research into methods to eliminate or control noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) through equipment design and operation. As a result, the following two sub-committees were formed:

The Airborne Contaminants & Diesel Particulate Sub Committee (which would operate substantially the same as the original Standing Dust Committee); and

The Noise Induced Hearing Loss Sub Committee (which would consider noise issues and may have some common membership with the airborne contaminant sub-committee but also contain audiometry expertise).