Safe Work Australia has developed a guide and information sheet on managing the risks of diesel exhaust exposure in the workplace.

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.

Workers most likely to be exposed to diesel exhaust include drive-in booth operators, miners, construction workers, oil and gas workers, forklift drivers, loading dock workers, truck drivers, farmworkers, stevedores, and vehicle maintenance workers.


You should use this guide and information sheet if you are a worker or if you manage a worker who is exposed to or is likely to be exposed to diesel exhaust.

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This guidance should be read in conjunction with the following Safe Work Australia documents:

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