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|The US Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) developed a model to estimate diesel particu¬late (dp) exposures in underground mines. The estimator uses in-mine measured dp concentrations or engine manufacturers' standardized emission data. Through a series of calculations, full-shift dp concentrations are estimated by applying standard engineering principles of ventilation, control technology and work cycle. This model, in the form of a computer spreadsheet, provides the mining industry with a method for estimating dp levels and determining the impact of various diesel particulate controls on occupational exposures to dp in underground mines. A detailed description of the estimator and several examples demonstrating the results are provided.|