From 1 February 2021, all NSW coal mines must achieve a new dust respirable standard of 1.5mg/m3 a reduction from the current standard of 2.5mg/m3. Introduction of this new standard is coming 2 years earlier than in other states and territories of Australia.
While employers, unions, government and workers in the coal mining industry support the change, the higher air quality standard will present challenges for the industry in NSW followed by the rest of Australia. This means coal mines need to act now to review current air quality levels to establish what needs to be changed.
“Each mine and each application requires an individual solution. There’s no such thing as a ‘one size fits all’ approach”, explained Patrick Cooper, one of the directors of Tecpro Australia. He added “Dust suppression is not just about adding more water! You need to assess each site, the dust and the process in order to formulate an implementation plan to deliver optimum benefits for your workplace, your people and for the wider environment”.
Mr Cooper should know. He’s one of the dust suppression experts at an organisation that’s been designing, installing and monitoring dust suppression systems since 1982.
Fortunately for NSW coal mine operators, there are a wide range of dust suppression options available including:
- Hi-tech automated fogging systems and monitoring sensors
- Portable and fixed misting systems
- Ultrasonic fog and dry fog fogging systems
- Dust control cannons
- Air atomising and hydraulic spray nozzles for conveyors, crushers and loading
Some dust suppression equipment requires clean water, some is designed to handle recycled water while other models are suitable for ship loading applications where water can be pumped direct from the sea, providing flexibility to suit different locations and conserve water in very difficult remote environments.
Having such a wide range of dust abatement options is a double-edged sword. The variety means dust suppression can be tailored to the specific requirements and challenges of each coal mine. But the diversity of options can be difficult to sort through. That’s one of the reasons why Tecpro Australia offers a Dust Suppression Audit and Strategy Consultation as well as customised solutions based on the client’s designs.
If you would like to investigate the options available for your mine, contact the dust suppression experts at Tecpro Australia. They are award winning consultants in the area of dust control with one of the largest ranges of dust suppression solutions in Australia.
To arrange an onsite Dust Suppression Audit and Strategy Consultation or to speak to one of their technical consultants, contact us today.
Posted on 15-Jul-2020