Bulletin: 164 Volume: 23 Friday 8 December 2017
To: All UFU Operational Members
MANAGING RISKS OF EXPOSURE TO DIESEL EXHAUST IN MFB WORKPLACES
Members are advised that the UFU has commenced proactively cooperating with the MFB to seek to eliminate the risks of exposure to diesel exhaust in MFB workplaces.
The major source of workplace exposure to diesel exhaust in MFB workplaces is from heavy vehicles that use diesel, like fire trucks.
Exposure to diesel exhaust can cause both short term and long term health effects.
Short term exposure to high levels of diesel exhaust can cause eye, nose, throat and lung irritation or even suffocation.
Long term exposure can worsen allergies, increase the risk of heart and lung disease and increase the risk of lung cancer.
Exposure can be higher for those working in enclosed, poorly ventilated areas where the concentration of exhaust fumes can build up, like in fire stations and vehicle repair workshops.
While the UFU works with the MFB to eliminate the risks, members are reminded that you should implement the following controls:
1. Switch on exhaust fans prior to starting up appliance, utilising manual switch if facility exists in station, or simply open engine bay doors. (If exhaust fans time out during start up checks, re engage manually).
2. Open front and rear engine bay doors to provide more ventilation.
3. Move truck onto apron as quickly as possible after start up.
4. Do not run auxiliary pump in engine bay.
5. Check engine and pump operation in a timely manner, then turn off engine to check remainder of gear.
If the exhaust fans activation is out of sync’ with door operation, or the exhaust fan “run time” needs to be extended, contact faults on #54444.
If there is a problem in your workplace, for example adverse health effects including headaches, dizziness, nausea or irritation of eyes, nose or throat contact your UFU delegate or the UFU Office immediately.
Strength in Unity
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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary