In order to stimulate and exchange academic ideas, present recent achievements, explore potential issues and collaborations and promote the development of dust and occupational health related science and technologies, this year we will host the 1st International Symposium on Mine Dust and Aerosol Research on Nov 15 and 16 in a virtual mode at Pennsylvania State University. Our goal is that everyone, everywhere can connect together as one community.
During mineral extraction, transport, and processing in underground and surface mining operations, significant amount of airborne respirable dust can be generated and released to the working space. Chronic exposure to this dust puts miners at risk for various lung diseases, including pneumoconiosis, emphysema, silicosis, and chronic bronchitis. Apart from miners’ lung disease, the dust also potentially increases the risk of mining explosions, recognized as one of the most severe hazards in underground mining. Tremendous global effortsare underway to reduce respiratory diseases in miners, targeting reductions in occupational illnesses. Since most of these lung diseases cannot be cured, the key to occupational respirable disease prevention is to effectively reduce dust exposure.
To achieve this objective, existing dust control technologies should be refined, and innovative dust control technologies must to be explored, developed, and ultimately implemented. Newly emerged and advanced technologies have been widely researched to investigate, monitor, identify, characterize, and capture the dust from large-scale dispersion to invisible nano-scale transmission. Advanced and effective mine dust control technologies are expected to be consistent with the fundamental dust-lung interaction processes that potentially lead to miners’ disability. Mine dust research, understood from nanoscale upward, covers a wide range of topics including: (1) multiscale mine dust characterization; (2) control of dust generation; (3) dust toxicity and dust-lung interactions; (4) dilution, dispersion and collection of dust in the in situ mine environment; (5) intrinsic relationship of geology, hydrology, and mining technology to dust generation and transport; (6) and mine equipment emitted particulates, diesel particulates and others.
Abstracts highly rated by the Scientific Committee, will be invited to prepare full papers to be published in special issues in the International Journal of Coal Science & Technology
Nov 15-16, 2021 Virtual, Pennsylvania State University