Global Road Technology, TotalEnergies promotes integrated dust management strategies

Global Road Technology and TotalEnergies Marketing Australia talk dust control in the mining and quarry industries.

Fresh from a successful keynote presentation at the 22nd Annual Australian Longwall Mining Conference, dust suppression specialists Global Road Technology (GRT) and its Australian exclusive distribution partner TotalEnergies Marketing Australia have highlighted the need for continued high levels of vigilance across the resource sector when it comes to dust exposure limits.

According to GRT chief executive officer Troy Adams, the conference provided an important opportunity to reiterate the need for the mining sector to adhere to the rules around exposure limits for dust in open cut and underground mines and outline how GRT’s products and services can safeguard the health and safety of workers.

“We thoroughly appreciated the opportunity to showcase with our partners at TotalEnergies Marketing Australia our industry proven solutions to prevent excessive dust generation within the resources sector by using our products and methodology to engineer out these workplace hazards,” Adams said.

TotalEnergies Marketing Australia national mining manager Andrew Druwitt echoed similar sentiments.

“Integrated dust management strategies in mining operations requires a strong focus on limiting exposure times, measuring particulate pollution, utilising this data to inform targeted control methods and ensuring that workers are trained to recognise and understand risks,” he said.

“GRT’s and TotalEnergies’ proven implementation strategies, product and hardware solutions, provides a four step framework around understanding the problem, quantifying the impacts – get data, doing something – implementing engineered dust suppression solutions and measuring performance and continual improvement.”

GRT’s innovative product suite of dust suppression non-toxic chemical applications twinned with its engineered dosing and application techniques has seen it emerge as a national leader in the development of infrastructure and process solutions for the global markets, and sees it well-placed to capitalise on this growth.

Its range of innovative products and techniques reduces the dust pollution generated by onsite industrial activity like drilling and stops the dust from spreading across the site and into local communities.

Evidence of GRT’s philosophy of providing ‘whole-of-site’ dust solutions is how it has designed eco-friendly polymer based products like GRT: Haul-Loc and GRT: Activate that dovetail into these autonomous systems to deliver effective dust control and provide critical data to our customers useful and actionable data.

Its products and techniques are designed to mitigate dust at its source to ensure that only minimal amounts of particulates reach workers – to the point where protective clothing and masks can safely deal with the remaining trace particles.

According to Adams, the key for the industry going forward is the need for employers to stay informed about the relevant standards, codes of practice and compliance requirements around adhering to exposure limits is critical.

“At GRT we have developed our entire dust suppression offering around empowering the resource sector with the tools to implement effective control measures, and give them the ability through our technology to monitor dust levels to protect the health and safety of workers,” Adams said.

“Our single goal is to ensure that news headlines around workers being exposed to dangerous silica dust gradually become a thing of the past as we raise the safety levels of the entire industry through our product suite and offering.”

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