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Vehicle exhaust

Eliminating vehicle exhaust keeps your employees, equipment and facility healthy and in good working order

Whenever there is a need to run combustion engine vehicles indoors, there is a need for vehicle exhaust extraction. It can be hard to realize how quickly vehicle exhaust emissions from a cold-start engine can reach toxic levels within a closed building. It’s actually only a matter of minutes. Repeated exposure to hazardous and carcinogenic exhaust fumes at lower levels can wreak dire health effects over time.

Without control and removal, the vehicle exhaust can lead to:

  • worker illness
  • heavier facility maintenance
  • damage to the sensitive electronics in servicing equipment

Diesel engines generate dangerous gases

Diesel fumes contains thousands of different chemical substances. 90% of the soot consists of <1 μm diameter particles that can be inhaled and deposited in the lungs. The particles carry cancer causing substances known as polynucleararomatic hydrocarbons that can be absorbed by the body. Studies show workers exposed to higher levels of diesel exhaust are more likely to develop lung cancer.

In 1990, the state of California identified diesel exhaust as a chemical known to cause cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has concluded that diesel exhaust probably causes cancer in humans. The EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) has proposed classifying diesel exhaust fumes as a probable human carcinogens

External information about health aspects

The International Assoc of Fire Fighters 
NIOSH The National Inst for Occup. Safety and Health 
OSHA US Dep of Labor Occ Safety & Health Adm 
www.osha.gov/SLTC/diesel exhaust
Diesel Exh Emission Standards
National Fire Protection Assoc
US Env Prot Agency
Office of Env Health Haszard Assoc
American Lung Assoc of California
Health and Safety Exec, UK
European Agency for Safety and Health at work 
Svenska Brandskyddsföreningen 

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