Mining Publication: Field Evaluation of Diesel Particulate Matter Using Portable Elemental Carbon Monitors
Regulations on worker exposure to diesel particulate matter (DPM) are becoming increasingly stringent in the mining industry. Due to the complexity and unpredictability of this aerosol, there is a need for new tools to help mines develop an effective strategy to reduce DPM concentrations. To address these needs, NIOSH has developed a portable elemental carbon monitoring device for use in underground mines. This instrument is compact and capable of monitoring EC concentrations in real time. The information that it provides is useful when planning new DPM curtailment strategies or when measuring the effectiveness of existing DPM controls. The following paper discusses a variety of ways that this instrument has been used to help lower DPM concentrations and exposure to DPM in active mines.