Heat Management in Mining Industry: Personal Risk Factors, Mitigation Practices, and Industry Actions


Pedram Roghanchi, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology; Elaheh Talebi, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology; Behrooz Abbasi, Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, University of Nevada Reno, NV

This study aims to discuss personal and behavioral parameters contributing to heat-related accidents.  To study the prevention approaches, it is essential to look at the various factors at the individual, management, and industrial levels.  Qualitative risk analysis methods are used based on the public data in the USA to find the impact of the environmental and behavioral parameters on the heat stress and heat strain of mine workers.  The effects of individual factors such as worker experience, age, fitness, lifestyle, acclimation, and more are illustrated.  The significance of factors such as the roles of the mine management and regulatory agencies are addressed.