Diesel Exhaust Emissions (DEEEs) Reclassified by International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

The France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) – part of the World Health Organisation (WHO) – has reclassified diesel exhausts from its group 2A of probable carcinogens to its group 1 of substances that have definite links to cancer.

Deciding which components of the DEEEs to monitor for in order to provide a representative measure of exposure can be difficult.

One method considered by many to be the most appropriate to use involves sampling onto a thermally treated quartz filter using a respirable cyclone sampler. Sample analysis on the
captured aerosol is best conducted using NIOSH method 5040 for determination of organic carbon (OC) associated with the organic substances and elemental carbon (EC) from the soot.

Scientific Analysis Laboratories provides the analysis of Elemental and Organic Carbon which includes the provision of thermally treated filters and a courier service by prior arrangement.

Should you require any further information or a quotation, please do not hesitate to contact Duncan Campbell on Tel. 07717 545717 or email duncanc@salltd.co.uk