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A Case Study of Exposure to Elemental Carbon (EC) in an Underground Copper Ore Mine
구리원석광산에서의 Elemental Carbon (EC) 노출에 관한 사례연구
- Lee, Su-Gil (Work Health and Environment Pty Ltd.) ;
- Kim, Jung-Hee (Department of Chemical Engineering, Hanseo University) ;
- Kim, Seong-Soo (Department of Environmental Administration, Catholic University of Pusan)
- Received : 2017.05.23
- Accepted : 2017.08.29
- Published : 2017.09.30
Exposure to Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM) potentially causes adverse health effects (e.g. respiratory symptoms, lung cancer). Due to a lack of data on Elemental Carbon (EC) exposure levels in underground copper ore mining (unlike other underground mining industries such as non-metallic and coal mining), this case study aims to provide individual miners' EC exposure levels, and information on their work practices including use of personal protective equipment. EC measurement was carried out during different work activities (i.e. drilling, driving a loader, plant fitting, plant operation, driving a Specialized Mining Vehicle (SMV)) as per NIOSH Method 5040. The copper miners were working 10 h/day and 5 days/week. This study found that the most significant exposures to EC were reported from driving a loader (range
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