03/07/2019

How to Prevent Worker Exposure to Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) results i.e. from the incomplete burning of material
containing carbon such as natural gas, gasoline, kerosene, oil, propane, coal,
or wood. Forges, blast furnaces and coke ovens produce CO, but one of the most
common sources of exposure in the workplace is the internal combustion engine.
Because Carbon monoxide (CO) is colorless, odorless and tasteless one can
inhale carbon monoxide and not even know that CO is present. Nevertheless,
Carbon monoxide (CO) is poisonous.

The US-American Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is
reminding employers to take necessary precautions to protect workers from the
potentially fatal effects of carbon monoxide exposure. Every year, workers die
from carbon monoxide poisoning, usually while using fuel-burning equipment,
tools, compressors and pumps, gas-powered forklifts, and other devices in
buildings or semi-enclosed spaces without adequate ventilation. To reduce the
risk of exposure, employers should install an effective ventilation system, use
carbon monoxide detectors, and take other precautions as described in a Carbon
Monoxide Fact Sheet.

More info


AplusA-online.de - Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration