The Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP) has commissioned a study to improve respirable coal dust exposure monitoring and control in the Australian coal mining industry.
While there has been decades of research into dust control, the re-identification of coal workers pneumoconiosis and the recommendations from the Select Senate Committee Inquiry highlight the need for more pragmatic and implementable research.
The study, a collaboration between the Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre (MISCH), SIMTARS and Coal Services, aims to ascertain the effectiveness of dust control technologies for both open cut and underground mines and evaluate the currently available real time respirable dust monitors and barriers to their use. The results will be disseminated throughout the industry.
The final report is due to be presented to ACARP later in 2018.