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This Metal and Nonmetal Filter Selection Guide is the result of a joint effort of MSHA and the Diesel Team from NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory. The Selection Guide and the following Best Practices are under active development. They should not be viewed as an MSHA policy or requirement. MSHA welcomes any comments or suggestions on the information contained in these documents. MSHA also encourages the mining industry to share their experiences with diesel particulate filters.

Comments or questions can be directed to the Diesel Team from NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory:

  • George Schnakenberg at 412-386-6655, gschnakenberg@cdc.gov, or Aleksandar Bugarski at 412-386-5912, abugarski@cdc.gov
  • or to MSHA:
  • Jim Angel at 304-547-2064, Angel.James@dol.gov.

  • The Guide

  • Start the Diesel Particulate Filter Selection Guide
  • Best Practices

    Below are links to some Best Practice files.
  • DPM Filters- Operator Visibility


  • Exhaust Gas Temperature Shutdown Sensors


  • Filter Fires! Ceramic Filters


  • Filter Fires! Hot Surfaces - M/NM Mines


  • Filter Fires! Permissible Equipment


  • Filter Installation Scrubber Water Level Control


  • Filter Regeneration Station


  • Fuel Deration - Controlling Toxic Gases and Diesel Particulate Matter Emissions


  • Paper and Ceramic DPM Filters- Engine Back Pressure Limits


  • Weekly CO Checks - Repeatable Engine Load Test - Hydrostatic Transmissions


  • Weekly CO Checks - Repeatable Engine Load Test - Torque Converter Transmissions


  • Weekly Maintenance Exhaust Gas Temperature Safety
  • Other Resources

  • Diesel Particulate Filter Selection Guide for Equipment in Metal and Nonmetal Mines
    Microsoft Word    PDF
  • M/NM DPF Filter Selection Guide Explanations
    Microsoft Word    PDF
  • M/NM DPF Selection Guide Actions
    Microsoft Word    PDF
  • M/NM DPF Glossary
    Microsoft Word    PDF
  • M/NM DPF FAQ's

    Microsoft Word    PDF
  • Critical Temperature Spreadsheet Download
    Go to Download Page