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    OSHA: Diesel exhaust creates health hazards

    Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues alert to control the health hazards brought about by diesel exhaust and diesel particulate matter. The exhaust from diesel engines contains a mixture of gases and very small particles that can be dangerous to anyone exposed.

    No doubt about it, diesel is a necessity. It provides power to a wide variety of vehicles, heavy equipment, and other machinery used in a large number of industries. But when improperly controlled, it creates a health hazard.

    A majority of truck drivers are affected with exhaust exposure. This is because most heavy-and medium-duty trucks are equipped with diesel engines. Other workers include miners, construction workers, heavy equipment operators, bridge and tunnel workers, railroad workers, oil and gas workers, loading dock workers, material handling operators, farmworkers, long-shoring workers, and auto, truck and bus maintenance garage workers.

    Health effects include headache, dizziness, and irritation of the eye, nose and throat; but for prolonged exposure, the risk of cardiovascular, cardiopulmonary and respiratory disease and lung cancer increases.

    OSHA says aside from engineering controls, there are administrative controls that can reduce the haxard. See below:

    •Limiting speeds
    •Using one-way travel routes to minimize traffic congestion
    •Prohibiting and/or restricting unnecessary idling or lugging of engines.
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    Honestly before I know really know what is osha all about but because of this forum site now it's very clear for me. Thanks for this info, any way aside from this what can you say on oasha 10 hour training? Please I need inf.
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    OSHA Outreach Training Program - 10 or 30 Hour Classes

    My quess is that you know exactly what it is. Hence the wbesite link that I removed.

    Osha has the best answer for your question.

    "The OSHA Outreach Training Program provides training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces. The program also provides information regarding workers' rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint. This is a voluntary program and does not meet training requirements for any OSHA standards.

    Through this program, workers can attend 10-hour or 30-hour classes delivered by OSHA-authorized trainers. The 10-hour class is intended for entry level workers, while the 30-hour class is more appropriate for supervisors or workers with some safety responsibility. Through this training, OSHA helps to ensure that workers are more knowledgeable about workplace hazards and their rights, and contribute to our nation's productivity."

    Here is the link http://www.osha.gov/dte/outreach/index.html
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    hi every one ,
    good information.OSHA is revising its existing requirements for powered industrial truck operator training and issuing new requirements to improve the training of these operators.it will give proper guidance for health safety.

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    It is good to hear that OSHA is becoming very strict. Lot of truck drivers are affected by exhaust exposure.

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    Have any of you been thinkin of using cleaner-burning diesel fuel or particle-trapping filters? Or maybe using natural gas or propane as alternative to diesel fuel?
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    No doubt diesel is important but improper Diesel creates health hazards

    Truck drivers are affected with exhaust exposure is the major case as we seen daily. The reason behind that is most heavy-and medium-duty trucks are equipped with diesel engines and Other workers include miners, construction workers, heavy equipment operators, bridge and tunnel workers, railroad workers, oil and gas workers, loading dock workers, material handling operators, farm workers, and auto, truck and bus maintenance garage workers.to r.eduse suck kind of problem we have to think very carefully because this is not a lazy task

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