Managing risks of exposure to diesel exhaust in the workplace

Safe Work Australia has released a guide and information sheet about diesel exhaust exposure to help workplaces manage the risks of exposure to diesel exhaust. Approximately 1.2 million Australian workers were exposed to diesel exhaust in the workplace in 2011, including drive-in booth operators, miners, construction workers, oil and gas workers, forklift drivers, loading dock workers, truck drivers, farmworkers, stevedores and vehicle maintenance workers. Short term exposure to high levels of diesel exhaust can cause eye, nose, throat and lung irritation or even suffocation. Long term exposure can worsen allergies, increase the risk of heart and lung disease and increase the risk of lung cancer. The major source of workplace exposure to diesel exhaust is from heavy vehicles that use diesel like trucks, buses, trains, tractors, ships, bulldozers and fork lift trucks. Exposure can be higher for those working in enclosed, poorly ventilated areas where the concentration of exhaust can build up, like in vehicle repair workshops, tunnels, partially covered roadways and walkways. Safe Work Australia has also released a video about dangers of diesel fumes for business as part of the 2015 Virtual Seminar Series.

Safe Work Australia, 22 October 2015 ; ;