Occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals are likely to be heavily involved with diesel exhaust emissions (DEEEs) exposure plans. They may be required to help implement a plan, liaise with an external provider who is implementing a plan or support with the maintenance of a DEEE exposure system that is already in place.
They will need to work with both managers and workers to help risk assess, implement controls, and eliminate/reduce DEEE exposures.
OSH professionals may be required to:
- consult with workers (on a regular basis)
- provide support with the organisational DEEE risk assessment
- support with identifying and implementing suitable controls by following the ‘hierarchy of control’ – for example, eliminating exposure, introducing reduction, engineering, administrative and suitable RPE controls
- support with the implementation or maintenance of the DEEE exposure plan
- routinely inspect known working tasks and activity areas that may be exposed to DEEEs
- check that workers are following and understand procedures and safe systems of work
- source and provide suitable DEEE information and training
- investigate incidents and exposures
- support with health monitoring/surveillance requirements
- support with evaluations and instate any learning lessons to prevent future DEEE exposure incidents.