Does diesel exhaust pose a health risk at your workplace? Research estimates that 1.2 million Australian workers were exposed to diesel exhaust in the workplace in 2011.
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.
The major source of workplace exposure to diesel exhaust is from heavy vehicles that use diesel fume like trucks, buses, trains, tractors, ships, bulldozers and fork lift trucks.
This webinar will show you where there may be diesel exhaust hazards in your workplace, how you can evaluate the risk of exposure (including how to go about air sampling), when it can start to become a major problem, and how you can reduce the risk of exposure to diesel exhaust in the workplace.
Who is this presentation for?
This webinar is for businesses of any size where workers may be exposed to diesel exhaust, like in vehicle repair workshops, tunnels, partially covered roadways and walkways.
Business managers, workers and worker representatives will find valuable information on how to protect themselves and their workmates. Work health and safety regulator staff (inspectors and advisors) and work health and safety professionals, industry bodies and others who offer advice will also find helpful information in this video.
- Safe Work Australia Guidance for managing the risks of diesel exhaust
- Diesel engine exhaust handout (pdf 987 kb)
- Diesel engine exhaust handout (docx 964 kb)
- Diesel exhaust hazard identification checklist (pdf 273 kb)
- Diesel exhaust hazard identification checklist (docx 412 kb)
- Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists website
- AIOH paper on diesel particulate matter
- UK Health and Safety Executive information on Diesel Engine Exhaust Emissions
About the presenter
Jen Hines and Dr Brian Davies are both occupational hygienists. Occupational hygienists help businesses to identify and eliminate or control workplace health hazards.
Jen has been working as an occupational hygienist for over 15 years and works across a variety of industries including large underground mining operations and small to medium sized businesses.
Brian is an industry leader in ways to control diesel particulate matter. He has worked in various industries including steel, mining, aviation and education and has been involved with the issue of diesel emissions since the mid-1970s.
About the Virtual Seminar Series
The Australian Strategy Virtual Seminar Series is a free online event run throughout National Safe Work Month in October.
The seminars showcase the latest work health and safety thinking, developments, innovations and research that support the Australian Strategy vision of healthy safe and productive working lives.
Throughout October, we feature live broadcasts, online Q&A, video presentations, infographics, research and data, presented by Safe Work Australia Members, business leaders, academics and work health and safety experts.
Drawn from the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022, the themes for the 2015 Virtual Seminar Series are good work design and safety throughout supply chains and will focus on the construction and manufacturing industries.