Miner's Lung: What You Need to Know

MINER'S LUNG: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Coal dust inhalation is one of the most common concerns for miners as it can lead to miner's lung, a form of the occupational lung disease group pneumoconiosis. Miner's lung occurs when coal dust gets into the lungs, due to workers being improperly outfitted to endure the environment they’re working in. It can lead to permanent lung damage, however it is preventable! Knowing the signs and the methods of prevention can help minimize the likelihood of miner's lung, saving people from years of pain and suffering.

SYMPTOMS:

The effects of miner’s lung can vary in severity from shortness of breath to scarring of the lung tissue. Miner's lung can have no symptoms early on, but common ones include:

  • Coughing
  • Chest tightness
  • Breathlessness
  • Low blood oxygen levels
  • Lung scarring

PREVENTING MINER'S LUNG:

Mining companies must have a dust control plan, and companies should ensure that the dust control instrumentation is working properly. Mine workers should be trained on the hazards of over-exposure to coal mine dust. Respiratory protection should also be used. Workers should regularly get screened for signs of miner's lung, and educate themselves on their rights to protective equipment. Ensuring that workers are aware of their rights, properly equipped, and are regularly screened can drastically reduce the chances of them being permanently affected by miner's lung!

SOLUTIONS:

ENVIRONMENTAL MONITOR:

Environmental monitors are a complete dust detection solution. They possess a multitude of helpful features, allowing them to be accessed and controlled remotely. They are an excellent addition to your DustTrak collection, and are an ideal permanent solution. 

Features of the DustTrak 8340 include:

  • Real time data that can be accessed from your phone
  • Solutions for measuring PM10 PM2.5 and PM1.0 simultaneously
  • Long life pump
  • Built-in auto zero
  • Minimizes drift
  • SMS text alerts for workers
  • Field replaceable parts
  • Works in a variety of temperature

ENVIRONMENTAL ENCLOSURE:

An environmental enclosure is a wonderful option for those who already own a DustTrak and can spare it to be converted into an environmental monitor. This allows for people to maximize the assets they possess, and repurpose their equipment for multiple uses.

Features of the DustTrak 8537 include:

  • Can use DustTrak you already own
  • Portable
  • Optional accessories
  • Waterproof
  • Battery operated options

YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE YOUR WORKERS ARE SAFE.

You need something reliable, rugged and independent. If you already own a DustTrak and want to use it for environmental monitoring, we can help you maximize your usage with an environmental enclosure and customizable accessories. If you are looking for a robust long-term solution, environmental monitors will simultaneously measure multiple things, notify workers, and can be controlled remotely. Regardless of the solution that is best suited to you, having a dust prevention plan is a key aspect to your job site safety. Our experts are knowledgable in what you need to be set up for success, call us today to get started!

Coal dust inhalation is one of the most common concerns for miners as it can lead to miner's lung, a form of the occupational lung disease group pneumoconiosis. Miner's lung occurs when coal dust gets into the lungs, due to workers being improperly outfitted to endure the environment they’re working in. It can lead to permanent lung damage, however it is preventable! Knowing the signs and the methods of prevention can help minimize the likelihood of miner's lung, saving people from years of pain and suffering.

Symptoms:

The effects of miner’s lung can vary in severity from shortness of breath to scarring of the lung tissue. Miner's lung can have no symptoms early on, but common ones include:

  • Coughing
  • Chest tightness
  • Breathlessness
  • Low blood oxygen levels
  • Lung scarring

Preventing Miner's Lung: 

Mining companies must have a dust control plan, and companies should ensure that the dust control instrumentation is working properly. Mine workers should be trained on the hazards of over-exposure to coal mine dust. Respiratory protection should also be used. Workers should regularly get screened for signs of miner's lung, and educate themselves on their rights to protective equipment. Ensuring that workers are aware of their rights, properly equipped, and are regularly screened can drastically reduce the chances of them being permanently affected by miner's lung!

Solutions:

DustTrak 8340 Environmental Monitor

Environmental Monitor:

Environmental monitors are a complete dust detection solution. They possess a multitude of helpful features, allowing them to be accessed and controlled remotely. They are an excellent addition to your DustTrak collection, and are an ideal permanent solution. 

Features of the DustTrak 8340 include:

  • Real time data that can be accessed from your phone
  • Solutions for measuring PM10 PM2.5 and PM1.0 simultaneously
  • Long life pump
  • Built-in auto zero
  • Minimizes drift
  • SMS text alerts for workers
  • Field replaceable parts
  • Works in a variety of temperature
DustTrak 8537 Environmental Enclosure

Environmental Enclosure:

An environmental enclosure is a wonderful option for those who already own a DustTrak and can spare it to be converted into an environmental monitor. This allows for people to maximize the assets they possess, and repurpose their equipment for multiple uses.

Features of the DustTrak 8537 include:

  • Can use DustTrak you already own
  • Portable
  • Optional accessories
  • Waterproof
  • Battery operated options

You need to make sure your workers are safe.

You need something reliable, rugged and independent. If you already own a DustTrak and want to use it for environmental monitoring, we can help you maximize your usage with an environmental enclosure and customizable accessories. If you are looking for a robust long-term solution, environmental monitors will simultaneously measure multiple things, notify workers, and can be controlled remotely. Regardless of the solution that is best suited to you, having a dust prevention plan is a key aspect to your job site safety. Our experts are knowledgable in what you need to be set up for success, call us today to get started!

April 23, 2019
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