Jan 30, 2019

What are The Many Dangers of Diesel Exhaust Fumes?

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Recently the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed diesel engine fumes are hazardous to humans and can cause cancer. Millions of people get affected worldwide by the grim health risks from breathing diesel gas fumes.

People being concerned about their health are justified. Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC, has represented victims with serious health problems resulting from diesel exhaust emissions. Big rigs and buses are a prime culprit. (learn more.)

Diesel Gas Fuel Exhaust Health Exposure Symptoms.

The American Lung Association of California (ALAC) has been aware of the hazards associated with diesel fuel fumes and the numerous symptoms and health concerns from exposure. The WHO has defined the suspected dangers that were a long-time concern. In any event, diesel gas fumes are incredibly toxic. And these can be responsible for lung cancer.

People concerned with the effects of exposure to this toxic substance and the symptoms they should watch for info. And they can find information on the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment ("OEHHA") website. Additional info in concurrence is on the ALCAC site. Last, these two organizations agree that exposure to diesel exhaust fumes can have health effects right away.

People With Allergies are Worsened After Diesel Fume Exposure.

The diesel exhaust fumes can result in irritation to the eyes, throat, nose, and lungs; it can also be responsible for causing coughing, lightheadedness, headaches, and nausea. Studies with human participants showed the particles in the diesel exhaust hurt people with allergies more. Because of diesel exposure, they now have a higher vulnerability to pollen, dust, or other items they were allergic too.

The research showed that exposure to diesel exhaust results in inflammation to the lungs that can intensify chronic respiratory symptoms and worsen or increase asthma attacks.

Diesel Exhaust Exposure Symptoms.

The types of symptoms from exposure to toxic diesel fumes can be different from one person to another. When you or a family member has become exposed to this toxic substance, any health issues should not go un-noted. And consulting us to discuss the particulars of the health problem could be essential.

  • The individuals that are generally the most affected by diesel gas fumes include truck drivers.

But those also affected are:

  • Mechanics
  • Construction workers
  • Equipment operators
  • Military personnel
  • Boat pilots
  • Railroad workers
  • Firemen
  • Homeowners living near freeways regularly become inhalation victims.

But the health effects are not limited to just individuals in these categories. Places of employment and other factors can raise the risk of diesel exhaust fume exposure for any person.

The most susceptible individuals to the health effects of this toxic fume exposure are:

  • Elderly
  • Children

Dr. Christopher Portier of WHO and Chairman of the IARC Working Group in a press release stated, scientific evidence was compelling. It went on to conclude the Working Group agreed that the exhaust from diesel engines results in causing lung cancer in human beings. Dr. Portier said in his statement that the impact on health from the diesel particulates exposure is extreme. So he thinks there should be a worldwide effort to reduce the exposure to this mixture of chemicals.

At the end of the day, diesel fumes can cause a wide range of health issues. And if the exposure was negligent, victims can sue. But only a well-trained lawyer can win a case like this. To learn more, contact Ehline Law Firm at (213) 596-9642.