Abatement of dust on longwalls
An initiative of the Joint Coal Board and continued by Coal Services by its role in the area of airborne dust was the issue of Order 40 on 5 July 1990.
This order requires the manager or owner of any mine operating by longwall or shortwall mining methods to obtain Coal Services approval prior to the commencement of production in any longwall or shortwall block. Results of dust samples from previous longwalls are examined prior to approval. Most approvals granted are subject to some form of imposed conditions.
The advent of Order 40 appears to have created a more positive and co-operative attitude towards dust control measures by both management and the workforce. Please note: Applications are to be submitted to Mark Shepherd at least one month prior to commencement of longwall to allow for consideration and approval by the Coal Services Board.