Engine Exhaust Fumes Pose a Significant Health Risk
What is Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM)?
Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM) has been classified as a Group 1 carcinogenic (alongside tobacco smoke, aluminium production, and acid mists – just to name an unpleasant few) to humans, and presents a serious and significant health risk if level of exposure is unknown. It is recognised by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a known human carcinogen.
The particle fraction of engine exhaust, consisting of agglomerated nanoparticles of carbon, are very easily absorbable by the lungs and can reach alveoli and damage tissue through localised inflammation. DPM, with it’s large surface area, acts as a transport for compounds such as Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH). Some PAHs are recognised carcinogens and interact with lung tissue DNA.
We work with our clients to develop and promote protocols to tackle and prevent any exposure to DPM.