A sober view of the future of mining emerges from the May 2007 NIOSH report on future mine safety and health research. The report identifies these issues as deserving attention:

  • Issues associated with increased remote control and automated equipment and systems.
  • Health effects of mixed .exposures, such as diesel exhaust, hydrocarbons, and noise, as well as the combined effects of mixed noise (continuous and impulse-impact) environments.
  • The extent and effects of radon and radiation exposure in the presence of other potential chemical agents.
  • Workforce replacement issues in NIOSH to ensure a supply of capable researcher as older researchers retire.