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Guidebook on cold, vibration, airborne exposures and socioeconomic influences in open pit mining

  Airi Paloste & Ahti Rönkkö (edit.)
  5/2014 • 39 s. • ,  
  ISBN 978-952-316-032-3 (Stitched) • ISBN 978-952-316-033-0 (pdf)
  : Free of charge
  The greatest challenge for the mining industry in northern regions is to attract personnel capable of safe working practices and to train them for the work in such a way that, despite the demanding mining tasks, they can sustain their work capacity. To ensure productive and safe mining operations, it is imperative to recognise the hazards in one’s own work and to comply with instructions. The systematic identification of hazards and evaluation of the seriousness of the consequences, i.e., risk assessment, provide the foundation for safety management.

This Guidebook was developed for continuous learning in occupational safety related to mining work and to emphasise its role in the day-to-day work and professional skills required in the mining industry.

Thus, it is legitimate to claim that occupational exposure is a significant health risk within the mining industry in the Barents region. Therefore, there is a great challenge for the mining industry in northern regions to ensure highly productive, safe and healthy mining operations and to overcome the hazards related to exposure to vibration, cold and airborne particles. These challenges are prerequisites for attracting new personnel and keeping a substantial work force within this domain.

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