Carcinogen Alphabet:

“D” for Diesel Engine Exhaust Fumes

Diesel engine exhaust fumes are a mixture of gases, vapours, liquid aerosols and particles created by burning diesel fuels. Diesel fumes may contain over 10 times the amount of soot particles than in petrol exhaust fumes, and the mixture includes several carcinogenic substances, meaning they have the potential to cause cancer.

Diesel exhaust fumes were classified as “probable carcinogens” back in 1988, but the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organisation, has recently upgraded them to a Group 1 carcinogen, so these emissions are now treated as a definite cause of cancer in humans. The IARC has said that people regularly exposed to diesel exhaust fumes at work can be up to 40 per cent more likely to develop lung cancer.

In support of the “No Time to Lose” Campaign the SEL Group will be running an “Alphabet of Carcinogens” campaign and each week we shall release details regarding a different well known carcinogen.


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