Yuteng Zhang, Australia

Yuteng (Nero) finished his schooling in China before going to Australia for his Bachelor in Mining Engineering degree, and is now in his final semester. He has done two vacation work periods with a domestic mining company and is working as a part-time vacation student at an underground gold mine.

Nero was the President of WASM Toastmasters club, and is now the Area Director of the Kalgoorie branch of Toastmasters International. He created and twice organised the Mining Focus Meeting and is now working on setting up corporate Toastmasters clubs in mining companies.

Diesel particulate matter

Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM) is carcinogenic, especially to underground miners. However, most mine sites do not even know their DPM levels or how to reduce them.

This project aims to measure DPM levels at an underground gold mine and determine the most effective DPM control method. A real-time monitor is employed to take samples by methodically following a diversity of underground light vehicles through different locations of the underground mine to work out when the DPM concentration reaches the highest level. Truck drivers and shift supervisors were found to be the most exposed roles to DPM as they frequently communicated to colleagues through open windows, and kept machines idling while talking. Exhaust filters are the most suitable mitigation method to reduce the DPM in this situation.

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