Exposure to Diesel Fumes Proven to Cause Cancer


Call for Urgent Action for Diesel Fume Exposure
A call for Great Britain’s Health & Safety Executive (HSE) to take urgent action to prevent deaths in many workplaces due to exposure to diesel fumes was made recently at GMB Congress.
This followed the announcement from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), that Diesel is now listed as a proven human carcinogen. A HSE discussion paper in May 2012 estimates 652 deaths from occupational diesel exposure due to lung and bladder cancer and an estimated 100,000 workers exposed. [WCx]
GMB’s call is backed by Professor Andrew Watterson and Tommy Gorman of the Occupational and Environmental Health Research Group at the University of Stirling, Scotland.
Particular Concern for Professional Drivers
GMB has many thousands of members working as professional drivers and is particularly concerned about the crews of security vehicles which are loaded in security vaults and the many other workers who work with continually in and around diesel fumes.
Brian Terry, GMB senior safety representative from the security industry where workers are exposed to diesel fumes said, “In the past the HSE has said that diesel fumes might cause cancer. Now they are saying that it does.
GMB members across the UK working in many sectors, now know the dangers of diesel fumes in the workplaces where vehicles are used in confined spaces and the workforce are exposed. GMB is calling on the HSE to take immediate, decisive action to safe guard the many workers who will be worried by this report. [WCx]
Health & Safety to Prioritize Inspections
The HSE acknowledges that some professional drivers are a high-risk group, while other high risk groups include railway workers and lorry drivers. Officials say these groups must be prioritized by HSE in inspections and for enforcement as it is thought that the biggest risk groups have a 40% increased risk of lung cancer due to diesel exposure.

Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com Contact mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com





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The October, 2011 edition has an updated key chapter on Risk Assessment in the Workplace that pays special attention to lead standards, cadmium contamination, and the growing risk of transmitting HBV.  Additional updates cover the ever-shifting spectrum in revised chapters on Low Back Injuries, Spinal Cord and Nerve Root Injuries, Heart Disease, and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), which reflects advances in the diagnosis, treatment and transmission of this formerly fatal and now chronic disease. Available in e-book format for e-readers and tablets, on-the-go professionals can now bring this entire three-volume set with them as a handy field or courtroom reference.




Coverage of the AMA Guides in the 2011 edition is particularly helpful to the workers’ comp professional that must be well versed in medico-legal complexities. Occupational Injuries and Illnesses includes an AMA Guides Handbook that has been updated throughout to include the most recent noteworthy cases interpreting the industry’s bedrock of impairment evaluation, arranged by jurisdiction. There is also a new chapter that discusses Illinois’s adoption of the AMA Guides Sixth Edition in the wake of that state’s recent workers’ comp reforms, an updated graphic displaying state-by-state use of the AMA Guides, an overhauled chart listing significant issues relating to the AMA Guides with supporting citations, and links to FREE online information available from LexisNexis Impairment Guides Resource Center.



And that is not all. New case annotations were added throughout the new edition, which summarize the most recent medical and legal  issues relating to the Head and Neck, Toxic Neuropathy, Cerebral Deficit, Radiation Exposure, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, the Spine, Chronic Pain, and Mesothelioma.



For a broad overview or a drill down into specifics, this book is the go-to medical information resource for the workers’ comp laypersonOrder your copy of the 2011 Edition today.


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