Investigation of Dust Levels in Different Areas of Underground Coal Mines

ÖNDER M., Oender S., Akdag T., Ozgun F.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND ERGONOMICS, vol.15, no.1, pp.125-130, 2009 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier


Dust concentration levels in underground coal mines are of primary importance and have to be controlled to prevent pulmonary disease in miners. Different mining areas are exposed to different dust levels and to minimize the probability, of occupational respiratory disease of coat miners, it is necessary to evaluate dust concentration in the different working areas. This study aimed to evaluate dust concentration levels in different areas of underground coal mines. Data obtained from the measurements in 1978-2006 were evaluated with the analysis of variance (ANOVA) and the Tukey-Kramer procedure. It was concluded that production areas had higher dust concentration levels: thus, production workers may have respiratory, disorders related to exposure to coal dust in their work environment.