Guidance for managing the risks of diesel exhaust


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Use this guide if you manage diesel exhaust exposures at the workplace.

Exposure to diesel exhaust can cause eye, nose, throat and lung irritation, and suffocation. Long-term exposure can:

  • worsen allergies
  • increase the risk of heart and lung disease, and 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
  • vehicle maintenance workers.

Further Information

Model Code of Practice: Managing risks of hazardous chemicals in the workplace

Guidance for managing the risks of diesel exhaust – Information sheet

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Managing health and safety
The work environment
Hazardous chemicals
Workplace exposure standards for chemicals