It is common for many South African mines to assume the responsibility of haul road management internally. This includes designing and constructing new haul roads, implementing dust control measures and conducting ongoing maintenance work.
The most common dust control method employed by mine operators for haul roads is the regular use of water bowsers spraying water to keep the surface of the road network damp and free of dust.
Dust control sprays have long been proven to be extremely effective to use for dust control purposes in mining operations as well as civil and construction projects. They can be easily applied to stockpiles or haul roads via water bowsers or fog cannons. Such products work by creating a uniform layer over the surface of the applied area and once dry, form a malleable membrane that stops dust from blowing up in the wind or running off during normal rain events.
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Controlling dust in underground mines is one of the greatest ongoing challenges for mine operators in South Africa, particularly in coal mines. Oftentimes, the focus on dust control at mine sites is on the dust that is generated above the ground as it is more visible and prominent. However, fugitive dust from underground mining activities should always be of key concern.