The exhaust from engines burning diesel fuel is a complex mixture of gases and fine particulates. They contain toxic substances that disperse in the breathing area in a firehouse. In addition, exhaust residue adheres to walls and other surfaces, and becomes embedded in clothing, furniture, etc., where it can be absorbed through the skin.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists more than 40 substances emitted in diesel exhaust as hazardous air pollutants. The EPA reports that these pollutants are “likely to be carcinogenic to humans” and are shown to be a “chronic respiratory hazard to humans.”
Based on human and animal studies, the National Institute of Occupational Safety (NIOSH) recommends that diesel exhaust be regarded as an occupational carcinogen (causing cancer).
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), “Workers exposed to diesel exhaust face the risk of adverse health effects ranging from headaches and nausea to cancer and respiratory disease.”
These findings underscore the urgency of totally eliminating hazardous exhaust emissions from any facility. The International Mechanical Code (IMC), which serves as a guide for state building codes, requires that all toxic emissions from diesel exhaust be eliminated for the protection of those who occupy the premises.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggests: “the most effective means is to connect a hose (to the exhaust pipe of all vehicles) that ventilates exhaust to the outside.” This is precisely what MagneGrip “source capture” systems do. They remove 100 percent of the dangerous exhaust toxins, using today’s most effective technology.