09/07/2005

Diesel Particulates - Recent Progress on an Old Issue

Over the past 115 years the invention of a compression ignition engine by
Rudolph Diesel in the 1890s has contributed significantly to the productivity
of many nations, owing to the widespread use of larger diesel powered equipment
in most industrial activities. The down-side in terms of occupational health
has been the exposure of a large number of workers to the complex mixture of
toxic, gaseous, adsorbed organics and particulate components found in the raw
exhaust emissions.

Although the adverse health effects of the gaseous fraction of diesel emissions
have been known for sometime, only in the last two decades has research
indicated that the particulate component of the diesel exhaust has the
potential to induce various health effects. In addition, it is associated with
non-health aspects such as malodour, visual and nuisance pollution.

ALAN ROGERS and BRIAN DAVIES have published an article on "Diesel Particulates
- Recent Progress on an Old Issue" in the Annals of Occupational Hygiene. The
article explains the following topics:

HEALTH EFFECTS AND RISK

MONITORING EXPOSURES

WORKPLACE EXPOSURE STANDARDS

OCCUPATIONAL HYGIENE CONTROL SOLUTIONS

RAW EXHAUST PARTICULATE MONITORING

Further information


AplusA-online.de - Source: Annals of Occupational Hygiene