Exhaust Fumes

Hazards Identified
Vehicle exhaust fumes (various toxic effects).

Hazard-Specific Personal Protective Equipment
Can not rely on normal respiratory protective equipment.  If not sufficient ventilation, requires air supplied respirator or self-contained breathing apparatus.

Hazard-Specific Training
Proper use of exhaust and air supply systems.

Safe Work Practice

  • Note that the fumes may not be visible and may linger for some time if not exhausted.
  • Where necessary to run a vehicle indoors, position the vehicle to facilitate easy access to the tailpipe exhaust extraction system.
  • Turn on the exhaust fan(s) and the supply (make up air) fan(s).  For locations without supply fans, open a window or door to provide fresh air to replace that which is exhausted.
  • Attach the vehicle exhaust to the tailpipe exhaust system by means of the overhead hose or similar system.  For locations without a tailpipe exhaust system, attach an exhaust pipe extension or hose to the vehicle exhaust and run the extension outside.
  • Run the vehicle for the minimum time required.  When possible, turn the vehicle off or move it outside.
  • Leave the exhaust system and the air supply system on for a few minutes to clear any exhaust fumes which have escaped.
  • Where possible, use shop air to charge vehicle air brake reservoirs rather than running the vehicle to charge the system.

Regulations, Standards and References
Occupational Safety General Regulations

Goals of the FSSNS

  • Save lives and reduce injuries.
  • Reduce all costs associated with work place accidents.
  • Improve profits.
  • Maintain compliance with regulatory bodies.
  • Manage and establish ownership of industry managed loss control programs.
  • Reduce Workers' Compensation rates.
The Forestry Safety Society of Nova Scotia is registered under the Societies Act of Nova Scotia. It is a separate entity, having a Memorandum of Association and By-Laws. The Society is governed by a Board of Directors, representing all sectors of the forest industry.