Air Sampling Programs for Detecting Asbestos and Other Carcinogens
Read the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) report about air sampling programs in mines. Miners are routinely exposed to carcinogens such as asbestos.
In addition to samples for exposure to silica, samples of mist and/or elemental dust should be taken to determine exposures to other particulate contaminants found in mining.
For example, the mine operator should sample for lead in lead mines, uranium and vanadium in uranium mines, cyanides at operations which use cyanides, sulfuric acid mist at operations where it may be produced, oil mists at operations where it is visible, and arsenic in salt mines.
Personal exposure sampling for mists requires a series of partial-shift consecutive samples or random short-term samples. Personal exposure sampling for elemental dusts requires full-shift sampling.
Courtesy of http://www.msha.gov/S&HINFO/OPRSAMP/OPRSAMP.HTM
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