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Approaches for limiting workplace exposure to diesel exhaust

Many industries in Illinois rely on diesel-powered equipment and vehicles. Exhaust from diesel engines contains particulate matter that can pose both short- and long-term consequences to the respiratory health of workers. Short-term exposure to diesel exhaust irritates the eyes, nose and throat. Over the long term, exposed workers experience higher rates of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases such as lung cancer. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has not set a standard regarding exposure to diesel particulate matter, the agency does provide employers with guidelines for reducing exposure.

Ensure you're protected under illinois workers' compensation

Any time someone is injured and undergoes medical treatment, there is that immediate fear of, "Oh no! Now I'm going to be hit with more medical bills." If you do have health insurance, you still have copays to cover, and you still may receive bills not covered by your provider. If you don't have health insurance, you're about to be responsible for potentially thousands of dollars of bills. You also may have saved up a lot of money and now fear that your savings will go to paying medical bills, especially if you have a severe injury.

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