Diesel Engine Exhaust Emissions (DEEE) Exposure Monitoring & Testing
Diesel engine exhaust emissions (DEEE) are defined as a mixture of gases, vapours, liquid aerosols, and particles created by burning diesel fuels. Diesel engine exhaust emissions may contain over ten times the amount of soot (carbon) particles than in petrol exhaust fumes, and the mixture includes several carcinogenic substances. Due to this, the visibility of diesel engine exhaust emissions is higher than any other fuel type. Burning diesel produces less CO2 than other fuel types, although the levels of nitrogen, oxides and particulates are much higher.
Why monitor diesel engine exhaust emissions?
Diesel exhaust fumes have been reclassified as a definite cause of cancer, so the management of those exhaust fumes in the workplace is extremely important. Exposure to diesel fumes is subsequently receiving much attention from health and safety professionals, international health experts, and the authorities.
Emissions from diesel engine exhausts can affect the health of a wide variety of workers, including:
- Carpark operatives
- Workshop mechanics
- Vehicle depot operatives
- Warehouse operatives
Soot particles associated with diesel engine exhaust emissions make up a high percentage of what is released, referred to as organic carbon (OC). There is evidence that ultrafine soot particulates present an increased risk of lung cancer. In addition, long-term exposure to high concentrations of diesel engine exhaust emissions will cause eye irritation and respiratory issues.
Sysco Environmental's comprehensive diesel engine exhaust emissions exposure assessment program
Sysco Environmental offers the most comprehensive diesel engine exhaust emissions (DEEE) exposure assessment program there is, in order to fully evaluate employees' exposure levels and the effectiveness of existing engineering controls.
A technical assessor from Sysco Environmental will carry out personal and static diesel engine exhaust emissions exposure monitoring to protect your employees and keep your business running safely and within compliance with industry regulations such as COSHH.
Our diesel engine exhaust emissions exposure monitoring program includes:
- Assessment of all potential exposure sources and paths
- Evaluation of employees' working and exposure patterns
- Collection of air samples for assessment of inhalation exposure
- Use and adequacy of existing control measures
- Evaluation of the suitability of respiratory protection and RPE checks
- Evaluation of existing management controls
Compliance with COSHH industry regulations
Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH), Diesel Engine Exhaust Emissions (DEEE) are hazardous to health. Employees should be prevented to exposure, or any risk adequately controlled. Employers must achieve this law requirement by providing suitable risk assessments for personal exposure.
To adequately evaluate exposure to DEEE, it is necessary to undertake an assessment of the fumes' individual components such as carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen (NO, NO2), and respirable dust represented as elemental carbon (EC). Exposure should be kept as low as reasonably practicable at all times.
Why choose Sysco Environmental for your DEEE survey & monitoring?
We are confident that our company is the perfect partner to help you deliver first-class protection of your employees.
Sysco Environmental is at the forefront of diesel fume monitoring and occupational health and safety, and we have a proven track record of assisting organisations to navigate complex challenges related to workplace air quality. Leveraging our in-depth knowledge and expertise in compliance with industry standards and regulations, we deliver comprehensive, tailored solutions to safeguard both the wellbeing of your employees and the operational sustainability of your business.
Contact us today for a chat with one of our friendly experts to discuss your DEEE monitoring requirements and how we can help.
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