Preventing exposures to diesel engine emissions and other exhaust gases during car inspection

Case study
France
English
2018

Description

The manager of a car repair shop realised that his workers were at a risk of exposure to diesel and gasoline exhaust fumes. The walls of the workshop were black with diesel soot and the workshop was polluted. He was well aware that such exposure to exhaust fumes posed a risk to his workers' health and his own health, and to the business. He contacted CRAMIF (the French statutory social security organisation for the Paris region) to ask for support in improving the working conditions. A safety inspector from CRAMIF visited the workshop and provided advice on appropriate ventilation. Together with CRAMIF, the car repair shop's manager designed an exhaust extraction system to eliminate air pollution from his workshop. The exhaust extraction system reduced emissions of diesel fumes and gasoline exhaust drastically. As a result, the workers are no longer exposed to exhaust fumes. The experience has been used to improve conditions in other car repair shops.

Other data

Sector / Industry covered: 
Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles
Provider: 
CRAMIF — French statutory social security organisation for the Paris region
DEKRA inspection service in Asnières-sur-Seine
Tasks covered: 
Miscellaneous
Hazard - physical state: 
Dusts
Gases
Hazard - health effects: 
Carcinogens
Exposure route: 
Inhalation
Substance Description: 

Exhaust fumes

Prevention measures: 
Level 2. Technical measures, e.g. local exhaust ventilation
Purpose of the material: 
Awareness raising
Other
Target group: 
Employers
Managers
Safety officers
Workers representatives

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