ACHIEVING an effective dust management solution for mining roads is an ongoing challenge for mine operators.
It’s been readily established that wheel generated dust is the largest single contributor to total dust emissions on any open cut mine site.
Independent studies have concluded that best practice is the application of dust suppressant solutions.
Yet using a dust suppressant is one thing – selecting the right type of product, implementing an effective application strategy, and putting an on-going management program in place are all critical to ensuring long-term success both from a dust control and economical perspective.
As Australia’s leading provider of dust control solutions for the mining industry, Dust-A-Side provides tailored dust management solutions for any type and size of mine.
Dust-A-Side Australia general manager Neil Hoskin, believes that a combination of different measures needs to be employed to achieve total dust control across different roads and other dust generation sources.
“A typical mine site is made up of both permanent and short term roads which will need to cope with varying volumes of traffic. No single product or process can be used to achieve total dust control,” Mr Hoskin said.
“Roads need to be looked at holistically in terms of factors influencing their lifetime costings. A dust control program that works for a temporary road won’t necessarily be effective or cost-efficient on a permanent haul road.”
Mr Hoskin said that mine operators need to be aware that there really is no one-size-fits-all approach that can be applied to dust management.
“Ultimately, an all-encompassing dust control management solution will provide economic benefits, productivity improvements as well as health and safety benefits to any mining operation,” he said.
“All of these factors need to be taken into consideration when developing a dust control strategy.”
Dust-A-Side offers customised dust control solutions for haul roads.