Diesel fuel powers lots of equipment and vehicles, but exposure can be hazardous to your health. Direct contact with
diesel fuel can irritate skin and aggravate existing skin problems. Exposure to exhaust from diesel fuel can irritate the
respiratory tract and cause chronic health problems.
Take these precautions to minimize exposure:
- Maintain and tune-up diesel equipment. Check the exhaust system for leaks.
- Fix cracks in vehicles with weather stripping and repair holes in the floor to prevent exhaust from seeping into the vehicle.
- Control exposure to diesel exhaust in enclosed areas by using both local exhaust ventilation and general ventilation systems.
- Monitor the air when required.
- Minimize diesel engines operations in garages where there is no exhaust system.
- Avoid direct contact with diesel fuel. Wear protective gloves to reduce exposure.
- If you get diesel fuel on your skin or clothing, thoroughly wash the affected skin and remove and isolate contaminated
clothing (in a sealed bag). If symptoms such as redness or irritation develop, see a physician.
- If you are overexposed to diesel vapor, leave the contaminated area immediately and take deep breaths of fresh air. If you
experience symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath or burning in the mouth, throat or chest, immediately
contact your immediate supervisor for further instructions and if medical intervention is appropriate.