Quarries and Mines – the Major Engine Drivers of Australia’s Development
Quarries and Mines have long been the engine driver of Australia’s growth, supplying resources for key infrastructure including dams, ports, airports, motorways and bridges, through to commercial high-rise and residential development. Although the momentum of economic growth ensures that these resources are in high demand, other factors are impact on the viability and growth of foundries and mines.
Major Factors Facing the Quarry & Mining Industries
Occupational Workplace Health and Safety (OWH&S):
- Air Quality
- Environmental Impact
There are strict guidelines set out in the National Exposure Standards for atmospheric contaminants in the occupational environment. Airborne particles in particular Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) particles are a known carcinogen source that can lead to chest infections and cancer which may not be detected until some years later. Minimising the risk to these health issues is the concern. Some airborne contaminants can never be fully eliminated and many do not need to be. Monitoring in some environments is necessary, to differentiate these working conditions where exposures are adequately controlled from those that are not and need to be controlled.
Managers must control these airborne contaminants to provide a safe and healthy working environment for all employees and neighbouring populated areas thus avoiding safety concerns. This may also reduce the possibility of future litigation arising from issues caused by unsafe working and environmental conditions.
Making Quarries and Mines Productive, Working In Harmony with Residential Creep
Quarries and Mines are also witnessing mounting legal challenges from local, state and federal Legislative and EPA groups, due to issues of airborne contaminants. Residential creep is also creating new challenges to the way quarries manage and control dust in the suburban landscape.
Quarries also witness downtime and lower productivity using traditional dust bag collection methods. Issues including dust bag disposal, maintenance and breakages all lead to inefficiencies.
‘Clearing the Air’ – Providing Solutions for the Quarry & Mining Industries
Access Environmental Systems offers new technology with solutions to control dust and airborne contaminants. Coolfog provides effective answers to managing dust on quarry/mine sites and has been installed on numerous sites throughout Australia and the Middle East and adopted by Australia’s largest Municipality Authority, the Brisbane City Council. Access Environmental Systems designs, manufactures, installs and services Coolfog systems. Each system is designed and manufactured specifically for customer’s individual needs, ensuring airborne dust particles are dramatically reduced on your site.
Whether it’s unloading hoppers, feed bins, jaw crushers, impact crushers, cone crushers, conveyor transfer points, vibrating screens, finished product stock piles or load out bins, Coolfog will manage and suppress dust better than any other system on the market.
“Generating a new approach to ensure a safer, cleaner quarry/mine site for employees and suburban neighbours requires a different way of thinking about dust management systems”.