Vehicle exhaust, whether produced through the combustion process that diesel or gas engines undergo, create many different health-hazardous elements, substances, compounds, and byproducts. There are some people who are at greater risk of exposure to these threats. These include individuals who work in many different industries, such as vehicular manufacturing and repair (car, bus, truck, farm equipment, motorcycle, and ATV) facilities, as well as fire and emergency services.
Fortunately, with the use of proper vehicle exhaust fume capture and removal systems, including exhaust tailpipes and hoses, facilities can have greater control and can more efficiently minimize the following health dangers:
Asthma Attacks and Severe Allergies
People who have asthma and allergies can experience serious attacks and have their conditions aggravated when they inhale the chemicals present in vehicle exhaust fumes. These fumes have an adverse impact on lung functions and can even bring about serious allergic reactions, such as the restriction of the airways.
All vehicles (including those mentioned above), especially those that run on diesel, produce extremely tiny particulate matter that can make their way deep into the lungs and cause inflammation of the circulatory system. Aside from respiratory issues, cell damages can also occur due to fume exposure.
Vehicle exhaust fumes, especially those produced by diesel, are associated with a considerable number of carcinogens. These include formaldehyde, benzene, and 1,3-butadiene. Long-term exposure can cause cancer, and even short-term exposure to fumes can already lead to dizziness, vomiting, nausea, and fatigue.
Non-Cancerous Health Effects
Although cancer is the biggest threat of vehicle exhaust fume exposure, they bring on and can exacerbate plenty of other non-cancerous health hazards. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, such as bronchitis; cardiovascular disease, such as myocardial infarction, cardiac arrhythmia, and congestive cardiac failure; reduced lung functions, and damage to the immune system are just a few of them.
Owners of vehicular and heavy machinery manufacturing or repair facilities should implement proper exhaust fume removal systems, or their workers face grave danger.