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Slash Diesel Exhaust In 9 Ways

Diesel exhaust continues to pollute workplaces and kill workers. New research says exposure damages nerves in the lungs. Hear how to slash diesel exhaust.

Slash_Diesel_Exhaust_In_9_Ways-Creative_Safety_Supply-250x250Some types of diesel exhaust contain over 10 times the particles of soot found in gasoline. These soot particles cause cancer. Breathing this exhaust on a regular basis could increase your chances of developing cancer by 40%.

In this podcast, Dan Clark offers nine ways to lower or eliminate diesel exhaust. Cutting engine idle time with Idle Reduction Technologies, ventilating workspaces, and maintaining engines are a few of the tips included.

People working around or with diesel-powered vehicles or equipment are at risk. Emissions from diesel forklifts, tractors, trucks and generators—especially in enclosed or confined spaces—can cause problems. Anyone working with power sources such as generators, compressors or power plants in mining, warehouses or construction could also be in danger.


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Dan Clark: Diesel exhaust can be a death sentence. New research reveals those tiny particles can burrow into the lungs and affect the nerves, on top of all of the other things we already knew. Find out how to Slash Diesel Exhaust In 9 Ways.

Hello, I’m Dan Clark of The Safety Brief, tackling health and safety hazards in today’s demanding industrial and construction worksites.

Diesel exhaust is a known carcinogen. Long-term health effects include lung and bladder cancer. On March 14th, though, scientists in the UK revealed diesel particles can adversely affect nerves in the lungs. So, now we have no shortage of health issues caused by diesel exhaust, including: Irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat; dizziness; headaches; cardiovascular disease; respiratory disease; and cancer.

We also have no shortage of equipment spewing out diesel exhaust: Truck engines; generators; bulldozers; tractors; mining equipment; the list goes on.

Workers in mines, construction, oil and gas, loading docks, farms, vehicle maintenance shops and warehouses are at risk.

So, let’s Slash Diesel Exhaust In 9 Ways.

Electrification Bay At Truck Stop – image by U.S. Dept Of Energy

#1. Make sure that engines are turned off when they’re not needed. Idle Reduction Technologies can now be applied to trucks and other equipment, including:
• Automatic engine shutdown and start up.
• Direct fired heaters.
• Auxiliary power units and generator sets.
Electrification bays at truck stops.

#2. If engines have to be left running, make sure the vehicle or equipment is moved outside and check that no one else is exposed.

#3. Start cold engines in spaces with good ventilation. Exhaust is much worse from a cold engine.

#4. Use connecting extraction pipes for vehicle exhausts in workshops and/or use forced ventilation to draw fresh air into the workplace. Then, monitor air quality.

#5. Service diesel engines on a regular basis, especially fuel delivery systems.

#6. Use filters. Exhaust filters on engines; air filters in vehicle cabs.

#7 Replace old engines with new versions with lower emissions.

#8 Switch to engines that don’t use diesel.

#9 Use a respirator, but only when other methods can’t adequately control the problem. Remember, PPE is always the last level of protection.

That’s all for this episode on how to Slash Diesel Exhaust In 9 Ways. Come back for more ways to stay safety compliant in today’s ever-changing landscape of safety requirements. I’m Dan Clark of The Safety Brief, a service of Creative Safety Supply.


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