Exhaust fumes are extremely dangerous and can seriously harm people who are exposed or work around them. The exhaust gases which are discharged from engines run on diesel contain several constituents that are harmful to human health and to the environment. The World Health Organisation's (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded back in 2012 that diesel engine exhaust is a Group 1 carcinogen – that is, carcinogenic to humans.
Carbon monoxide is produced by internal combustion engines (eg cars, trucks, forklifts), gas heaters, furnaces, kilns and other equipment, as well as in some manufacturing processes. Many workers in many industries are potentially exposed to this hazard. Carbon monoxide can kill. Thousands of other workers suffer from the debilitating effects of high-level exposure, and many more are subject to low-level, long term carbon monoxide exposure, the effects of which are unknown. This poisonous gas is one of the most dangerous and widespread industrial hazards.
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