Last reviewed 6 November 2019

A new resource to help workers protect themselves from dangerous diesel engine exhaust emissions (DEEEs) has been launched by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) on the fifth anniversary of its No Time to Lose campaign.

IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign aims to raise awareness of occupational cancer globally. As part of the campaign, IOSH has published a new pocket card for workers on how to prevent exposure to DEEEs.

DEEEs can cause lung cancer, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which includes conditions such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Worldwide each year at least 38,000 people die from excess diesel vehicle nitrogen oxide emissions. Occupational cancer claims around 742,000 lives a year internationally.

The card advises people working with, or around, diesel-powered equipment or vehicles to:

  • turn off engines if not needed

  • use tailpipe exhaust extraction systems

  • use workplace air extraction

  • wear a mask

  • get trained.

It also advises people who drive for work, such as couriers, truck or taxi drivers to close the windows in their vehicle.

Studies have found that ventilation settings in vehicles can reduce exposure by up to 75%. Similarly, switching from open windows to closed windows and recirculated air in a car can lead to a reduction of 32% of dangerous black carbon particulate exposure in DEEEs.

The No Time to Lose campaign marked its fifth anniversary on 3 November 2019.

Marking the occasion, Alan Stevens, IOSH Head of Strategic Engagement, said, “Work-caused cancers are all preventable. I encourage everyone to get involved in No Time to Lose by downloading the resources, supporting the campaign and pledging to take action. By working together we can beat occupational cancer”.