monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas.
Carbon monoxide is one of the most common industrial hazards.
does it come from?
CO comes from vehicle exhaust. Other industrial sources are
small engines, such as fork lifts, and small engine powered
tools like pressure washers and some welders. CO can also
come from poorly working or exhausted furnaces and water heaters,
blast furnaces, boiler rooms, and environmental tobacco smoke.
How can it hurt me?
carbon monoxide there is in the air and the longer a person
is exposed to it, the greater the danger from CO poisoning.
Exposure to carbon monoxide can result in:
- drowsiness or fatigue.
- lack of coordination.
- permanent damage to the heart or brain.
can I protect myself?
to ventilation problems, especially in enclosed areas where
gases of burning fuels may be released.
suspect the presence of CO, get out of the area immediately.
Open doors or windows to let in fresh air, and turn off any
equipment which might be contributing to the problem. Alert
co-workers of the problem so they can evacuate. Don't
go back into the space until it has been determined to be
any of the symptoms of CO poisoning to your employer. If you
are suffering flu-like symptoms, ask your healthcare professional
if it could be CO poisoning. CO poisoning symptoms,
and the danger of CO can last for many hours after exposure.
If you are exposed, make sure that someone is monitoring you.
should I do?
Follow all of the
safety and control policies and work practices which are designed
to protect workers from CO exposure.
Request that a CO
alarm be installed, know how CO alarms operate, and what to
do if they activate.
Report the presence
or suspected presence of CO to your employer.
Know how to use and maintain all of the safety
equipment which your employer provides.