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USBM Health and Safety Legacy Continues Under NIOSH

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    May/June 1998

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    Saf Focus 1998 May/Jun; :20
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    The Pittsburgh (Pa.) and Spokane (Wash.) Research Laboratories are among the world’s foremost mining research establishments. Once a part of the former U.S. Bureau of Mines (USBM), which was abolished by the U.S. Congress in fiscal year 96, health and safety research at these laboratories was transferred to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). NIOSH is the Federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related illness and injury. The Institute is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Over the past two decades, the Pittsburgh and Spokane Research Laboratories have produced sustained technological achievements in mining health and safety, including— • Development of novel respirable coal dust control technologies and more effective monitoring techniques to reduce worker exposure to hazardous mine dusts. • Improved ground control technologies to warn and protect miners from the dangers of coal mine roof collapses and other hazardous strata conditions. • Improved ergonomic design criteria and training methods to protect mine workers from injuries and fatalities associated with equipment and manual tasks. • Development of enabling technologies that allow miners to control their mining equipment from a physically safe, protected work area away from respirable dust, harmful noise levels, and roof collapses. • Improved mine fire detection and extinguishment techniques. • Development of smaller, lighter, and safer emergency breathing devices.
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