MINE SAFETY REPORT
Air Sampling for Carcinogens Such as Asbestos
Read this Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) report on the air sampling programs designed to assist miners. They are routinely exposed to carcinogens, including asbestos.
The collection of valid exposure measurements is necessary for measuring occupational health hazards and determining the need for environmental controls.
There is not one best sampling strategy or plan for all work and exposure situations, and the choice of a strategy should be based on site-specific conditions.
The following basic considerations can be used to help develop a sampling strategy:
- Type and nature of contaminants
- Miner location, nature of work operations/exposure duration
- Number of samples required to evaluate the exposure
- Availability of sampling equipment
- Availability of sample analytical facilities
- Availability of personnel for surveillance
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