New mining safety resources available

Monday, February 14, 2022

Mobile equipment fire management, simple solutions for dusty environments

New mining health and safety information is now available. Download documents to get expert guidance on mobile equipment fire management, managing dusty environments, and reducing diesel particulate matter.

Mobile equipment fire management - EMERST

Despite ongoing improvements, hazards still create exposure for mobile equipment fires in both surface and underground mining. 

The Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table (EMERST) did an extensive industry consultation with mining company representatives, original equipment manufacturers, regulators, fire detection and suppression system providers, fire system designers, academics, and researchers. 

The guide can be used by:

  • Designers and Original Equipment Manufacturers
  • Mining companies and Mobile Equipment Users
  • Suppliers of fire detection and suppression systems to reduce the number and consequences of mobile equipment fires in earth moving equipment

The document link is also available on the WSN Ontario mining industry webpage under the mobile equipment category.

Simple Solutions for Dusty Environments at Metal and Nonmetal Mines - NIOSH

Simple Solutions for Dusty Environments at Metal/Nonmetal Mines was designed by the United States National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The guide has examples of the types of solutions you can use to reduce exposure to dust at surface mines and facilities. 

While traumatic injuries occur suddenly, both musculoskeletal disorders and respirable diseases tend to be the result of cumulative overexposures. Exposures both at home and at the workplace can combine and show up in the later years of your career.

Contents include:

  • Common Contributors to Dust Exposure
  • Musculoskeletal Disorder/Traumatic Injury Risk Factors
  • Ladder Climbing
  • Manual Palletizing
  • Screen Changeout
  • Work Boot Cleanliness
  • Hose Handling
  • Floor Cleaning
  • Filter Accessibility
  • Belt Conveyors
  • Enclosed Control Rooms
  • Bulk Bagging
  • Broken Bag Disposal
  • Additional Resources

The information supplied is a primer on dust control and injury prevention. For more information, please see ‘Additional Resources’ section at the end of the booklet.

Reducing diesel particulate matter in underground mines: Two successful examples – WSN

Diesel engine exhaust has been classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as carcinogenic to humans. 

For many years, diesel engines have been the workhorse in a large number of industries including mining. 

The guidance document was developed by Workplace Safety North (WSN) in partnership with the Ontario mining industry technical advisory committee. It is intended as a resource to help mining operations develop awareness about the complex mixture of diesel exhaust created during diesel fuel combustion. 

Contents include:

  • Who can be exposed to diesel exhaust and particulates
  • Health effects: short-term and long-term
  • Standards in place to protect miners and other workers from diesel exposures
  • Controlling diesel exhaust and particulate exposure
  • Example of control strategies applied by working mines: Barrick Hemlo and Musselwhite Mine
  • Resource material

About Ontario mining health and safety

Mining health and safety information changes to reflect what is happening in the industry. The Ontario mining industry has been conducting risk assessments along with root cause analyses of the top risks, and developing control activities. The industry is taking a consultative proactive approach to the prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses.

WSN supplies workplace health and safety resources, training, and industrial hygiene support and consulting for Ontario mining industries. This includes gold, nickel, and other underground and surface mines. Free mining health and safety resources includes guidelines, safety talks, posters, and more.

For more information, contact Workplace Safety North. 


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