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Diesel Exhaust

Diesel Exhaust Linked to Fatal Lung Conditions

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has stated that workers exposed to diesel exhaust fumes over a number of years are at an increased risk for developing life-threatening lung ailments and other serious health problems.

DIESEL ENGINE EXHAUST- CARCINOGENIC TO HUMANS

While the U.S. government still lists diesel fumes as a “likely” carcinogen, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently upgraded the classification of diesel engine exhaust from “probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A)” to “carcinogenic to humans (Group 1).”

This significant change reportedly follows a study published in March 2012 by the National Cancer Institute which found that miners heavily exposed to diesel exhaust had a higher risk of dying from lung cancer.

DIESEL EXHAUST INJURIES

Long-term, unprotected exposure to diesel exhaust fumes on the job may increase the risk of life-threatening conditions including obstructive lung disease, lung cancer, and death. Additionally, acute exposure has been linked to health problems including eye and nose irritation, headaches, nausea, and asthma.

DIESEL EXHAUST IN THE WORKPLACE

NIOSH estimates that every day, more than 1.3 million workers are exposed to diesel exhaust in over 80,000 work places throughout the United States. Those workers with the highest exposure include:

  • Mechanics
  • Railroad workers
  • Truck drivers
  • Bus terminal workers
  • Bridge and tunnel workers
  • Underground miners
  • Farm workers

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