27/06/2003

U.S. Study Shows Hazard of Non-Road Diesel Engines

Hundreds of thousands of workers who operate and work around non-road diesel
equipment, such as bulldozers and farm tractors, are being exposed to dangerous
concentrations of toxic diesel soot and other emissions according to a recently
released study.

The study, by Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM),
was released one day before a public hearing in New York City on a proposed
Environmental Protection Agency rule that would, for the first time, regulate
the emissions from non-road diesel engines. NESCAUM is an interstate
association of state government air quality control agencies in the Northeast
states. The eight member states are comprised of the six New England States, as
well as New York and New Jersey.

If the regulations eventually go into effect, they could make a significant
improvement in the working conditions of construction workers and others who
work around non-road diesel engines. In addition, according to EPA’s estimates,
the regulations would prevent 9,600 premature deaths, over 8,300
hospitalizations and almost a million lost workdays by 2030.

According to OSHA, over one million workers who are exposed to diesel exhaust
face the risk of adverse health effects ranging from headaches to cancer and
respiratory diseases.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health