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Respirable coal mine dust: Number of samples, geometric mean exposures, and percent exceeding designated occupational exposure limits by industry, MSHA inspector and mine operator and OSHA samples, 1995-2003


CIC - Census Industry Code     PEL - permissible exposure limit     REL - recommended exposure limit     GM -

Note: In coal mining, for respirable dust containing less than or equal to 5% quartz, the MSHA PEL is 2 mg/m3 MRE; for respirable dust containing greater than 5% quartz, the MSHA PEL is [(10 mg/m3 MRE) / (% quartz)]. The NIOSH REL of 1 mg/m3 MRE for respirable

Source: MSHA coal mine inspector and mine operator dust data. OSHA Integrated Management Information System.

Reference Number: 2008-172

Date Posted: June 2008

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