Lowering Exposure to Respirable Coal Dust in MSHA Final Rule

The American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) reminds workers and industry of the need to address exposure to respirable hazards.

Lansing, MI – WEBWIRE – Sunday, May 11, 2014

ABIH supports the need to protect all workers exposed to respirable particulates through proper air monitoring and exposure controls.

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced the release of a final rule to lower miners’ exposure to respirable coal mine dust.  The final rule applies to all underground and surface coal mines and continues the agency’s End Black Lung – Act Now! initiative.
According to a MSHA news release, this final rule:

Prolonged exposure to coal mine dust can cause several lung diseases, collectively known as black lung.  NIOSH estimates that more than 76,000 miners have died since 1968 as the result of the disease, and more than $45 billion in federal compensation benefits have been paid out to coal miners disabled by black lung and their survivors.
“ABIH supports the need to protect all workers exposed to respirable particulates through proper air monitoring and exposure controls,” said Lynn O’Donnell, CIH, Executive Director for the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.  “Certified Industrial Hygienists are trained and experienced in air sampling, engineering controls, work environments and risk analysis to minimize worker exposure to a wide range of particulate matter found in many types of industrial settings.”
To learn more about the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) program or to locate a CIH to perform industrial hygiene services, please visit www.ABIH.org, email abih@ABIH.org or call (517) 321-2638.
About the American Board of Industrial Hygiene
Since 1960, ABIH, a not-for-profit corporation, has been the world’s largest, premier organization for certifying professionals in the practice of industrial hygiene. ABIH is responsible for ensuring high-quality certification including education, experience, examination, certification maintenance and ethics enforcement.  Currently, more than 6700 people are certified to use the CIH designation.

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