Diesel exhaust can exacerbate allergies
, impact the lungs'
ability to function, worsen asthma
, and may cause cancer
. Diesel fumes are especially dangerous to children as their defense system is not as developed as adults.
Diesel exhaust contains toxic gases such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide
and others. The fumes also contain "soot," small particulates known to be carcinogenic when inhaled.
Over one million workers are exposed to diesel exhaust. Occupational exposure
is increasing with the expanding use of diesel equipment. Occupational hazards are highest for railroad workers
, bridge and tunnel workers, stevedores, farm workers, truck drivers, material handling machine operators, automobile maintenance garage workers, and loading dock workers.
An October 2003 study released by the California Air Resources Board reveals that toxic diesel exhaust from older yellow school buses may be exposing kids to pollution levels five times greater than kids riding on newer ones.
See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems because of diesel fume exposure. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
- Toxic & Hazardous Substances
- Allergies: Overview
- Balance Problems: Overview
- Birth Defects
- Depression: Overview
- Encephalopathy: Overview
- Fatigue: Overview
- Lung & Airway Disorders
- Memory Loss
- Miscarriage: Overview
- Nausea: Overview
- Neuroblastoma: Overview