FLIR Systems, a provider of sensor systems, has introduced a new wearable diesel particulate monitor that provides protection to miners and workers from overexposure to cancer-causing diesel fumes. The FLIR Airtec diesel particulate monitors enables real-time protection of workers in mines.
In June 2012, the World Health Organization had ruled that overexposure to diesel exhaust fumes causes lung cancer. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has specified Method 5040 for regulating the environment within mines. However, it is a labor-intensive procedure that requires lots of time. The samples have to be collected and sent to labs outside the mine for determining the levels of diesel particulate matter. This does not allow real-time corrective changes to be performed to improve the breathing conditions within the mines or workplaces.
The FLIR Airtec Diesel Particulate Monitors are lightweight devices with real-time alarms that warn about high DPM levels. They are sensitive and also rugged. They can be worn on miner’s belts or installed on ventilation equipment, mine walls and vehicles. The device can be networked and the data can be downloaded. A large backlit LCD provides a bright display of the readings. The monitor is powered by a Lithium-ion battery.
The FLIR Airtec DPM provides the same results as that provided by the NIOSH Method 5040 laboratory test. The NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory had developed an elemental carbon measurement technology which is being used by FLIR. The Airtec monitor can help reduce the cost of DPM monitoring and also gain compliance with MSHA.