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Dust monitoring

Dust or particulate matter (PM) exposure can lead to a variety of health effects. For example, numerous studies link particle levels to increased hospital admissions and emergency room visits and even to death from heart or lung diseases. Both long (over years) and short term (hours or days) particle exposure have been linked to health problems.

Nuisance impacts from dust are usually associated with coarse particles and particles larger than PM10 (10 micron diameter). The impact of dust from a nearby mine on local amenity depends on the distance from the mine site and climatic conditions such as wind speed and direction.

Dust can be generated by mining activities including mechanical disturbance of rock and soil materials by dragline or shovel, bulldozing, blasting, and vehicles on dirt roads. Dust is also generated when wind blows over bare ground and different types of stockpiles. Fine particles are also generated from vehicle emissions.

Concerns about mine site dust often relate to "visibility" of dust plumes. Visible dust is usually due to short-term episodes of high emissions, such as from blasting. Other impacts include dust depositing on washing or on house roofs, and the transport of dust from roofs to water tanks, during rain.

We provide an extensive range of dust samplers and continuous monitors which can be powered by solar or mains.  We also provide accurate real-time dust monitoring and complete solutions which work in tandem with blast vibration data.

All our monitors meet Australian standards and can be fully integrated with remote communication capabilities. They also measure TSP, PM10, PM2.5 and ambient visibiity.

Visit the ECOTECH website for additional information on our particulate monitoring solutions.