Dust Con­trol

The Australian Mining Review - - CONTENTS -

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.

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