Best Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Health Practices in Mining

Thursday, May 26 | 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM



Arranger: S. Owen, Newmont Mining Corporation, Elko, NV. Moderator: H. Beaulieu, Industrial Hygiene Resources, Boise, ID. Monitor: C. Balcaen, Tech Resources, Ltd., Vancouver, BC, Canada; D. Shaffer, University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ.

The mining industry has come a long way from the “pick and shovel” days. Now, hundreds of tons of ore can be moved with a single truck. Metallic compounds can be changed and concentrated with mechanical and chemical processing. Along with these technologies come many challenges, involving hazardous exposures to employees. Presenters will provide a cross-sectional status report on a number methods developed and used by various mining companies to overcome these challenges.

Exposure Controls of Asbestos-Bearing Dust & Data Handling at a Surface Gold Mine G. Lachapelle and K. Morin, Agnico Eagle Mines Limited, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Fetal and Mother Protection for Lead in a Fire Assay Lab with Litharge: Reducing Blood Lead Levels to the BEI®, while Maintaining Legal Compliance S. Owen, Newmont Mining Corporation, Elko, NV.

Noise Control Research for Metal/Non-Metal Mines: Load Haul Trucks & Jumbo Drills S. Peterson, CDC/NIOSH-OMSHR, Pittsburgh, PA.

Graduate Development Program—Industrial Hygienists in Mining F. Crowne, Goldcorp, Toronto, ON, Canada.

DPM Exposure Estimates—Underground Mine: Correlation to CO and NO2 Surrogates D. Stephenson, Boise State University, Boise, ID.

Organization of Emergency Response Services in Polyus Irkutsk Business Units  S. Dudin, Polyus, Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

Management of Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM) Exposure: One Underground Gold Mine’s Approach A. Weight, Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc., Elko, NV.