Respirable hazards in mining video

June 14, 2016
Respirable hazards in mining video
A new mining health and safety training video Respirable Hazards - Mining aims to raise awareness about how workers are affected by respirable hazards found in underground mines. The seven-minute video was released by the Ontario mining health and safety association Workplace Safety North, in collaboration with NORCAT. In 2015, 16 workers died from occupational disease in the Ontario mining sector. A worker’s environment today can negatively affect their health 10, 20 and even 30 years later. Watch the free video to learn how contaminants like silica dust and diesel exhaust attack the body causing serious illness, including silicosis and lung related cancers, and learn strategies to minimize worker risk. Employers are responsible to ensure all workplace hazards are assessed and controlled depending on their health and safety impact. Mining workers can limit their exposure to harmful contaminants by washing down muck piles during mucking operations, and ensuring the area is properly ventilated. Examples of other ways to limit exposure include the use of diesel particulate filters on diesel engine exhaust systems, enclosed operator cabs, and cleaner engines to help reduce diesel particulate matter emissions.

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