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Mine dust and you

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What is this fact sheet?

People living near mine sites often ask about the effects of dust emissions in the air as a result of mining activities. This fact sheet has been prepared to explain the type of dust that is generated from mine sites and the potential risks from mine dust to health.

What is particulate matter?

Commonly called "dust," scientists and regulators refer to the term particulate matter (or PM) to describe the range of particles that exists in the air we breathe.

PM exists naturally in the atmosphere, eg sea-salt spray and pollens. PM can be increased due to human activities such as vehicle exhaust, industrial processes, power stations, mining, farming and wood heaters, or smoke from bushfires.

Exposure to PM can be associated with health and amenity impacts. The likely risk of these impacts depends on a range of factors including the size, structure and composition of the PM and the general health of the person.

Download particulate matter table below:

Mine dust and you - Fact sheets
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