Epidemiology is the study of how often and why diseases occur in different groups of people. Epidemiological information from occupational studies can be used to develop approaches that prevent illness and disease.
This section references and links to epidemiological studies of occupational exposures to DPM.
Analyzing Characteristics of Particulate Matter Pollution in Open-Pit Coal Mines: Implications for Green Mining
An open source article by Hauting Lou. The particulate pollution in the open-pit coal mines of China is particularly severe in winter. The aim of this study is to understand the pollution characteristics of particulate matter (PM) in winter and provide a basis for the prevention and control of particulate pollution. (More...)
Barrick DPM Case-Study – Hemlo DPM Management Update
A presentation by Barrick Hygienist Hannah Demers addressing a range of challenges in reducing diesel related OEL values at their Hemlo operation. Information is provided on bio-fuel and filtering measures and results [More...]
Controlling and monitoring exposure to diesel engine exhaust emissions in coal mines
Health and Safety Laboratory (United Kingdom), Controlling and monitoring exposure to diesel engine exhaust emissions in coal mines, HSL, 2005
Diesel particulate matter & occupational health issues AIOH Position Paper
Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists, Diesel particulate matter & occupational health, Position paper, AIOH, 2018
European Commission Non Road Mobile Machinery Emissions
European Commission Off Highway Emissions
Guide to managing risks of exposure to diesel exhaust in the workplace – Safe Work Australia
Safe Work Australia, 2015, Guide to managing risks of exposure to diesel exhaust in the workplace, Safe Work Australia. 10 pp
Human health risk assessment in opencast coal mines and coal-fired thermal power plants surrounding area due to inhalation
An open source article by Akhilesh Kumar Yadav. The study aimed to provide quantitative data on air pollution on people living in an industrial area of middle India. The twenty-four monitoring of nitrogen dioxide concentrations, sulfur dioxide, PM 2.5 and PM 10 was used to investigate people’s exposure and health effects in the surrounding study area from January 2016 to December 2017. (More...)
ICMM Good practice guidance on occupational health risk assessment
ICMM, 2016, Good practice guidance on occupational health risk assessment - second edition, London: ICMM.
NIOSH Mining Site Search Browser Link
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Site Browser, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accessed 3 December 2019
NSW Regulator DPM Management Findings
The NSW (Australia) Regulator for U/G Coal Mines conducted a review of operating sites to determine the level of conformance with regulatory and site specifications for the control and management of DPMs. The findings highlighted a range of weaknesses that may be relevant for other operations in different jurisdictions. [More...]
Quantifying elemental and organic carbon in diesel particulate matter by mid-infrared spectrometry
An open source article by David A. Parks. A method for the quantification of airborne organic carbon (OC) and elemental carbon (EC) within aerosolized diesel particulate matter (DPM) is described in this article. DPM is a known carcinogen encountered in many industrial workplaces (notably mining) and in the ambient atmosphere. (More...)