Because we are in the winter months and a lot of work is being performed indoors, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is urging employers to take all the necessary precautions to protect workers from carbon Monoxide (CO) emissions.
According to OSHA, workers die from CO exposure every year, usually while using fuel-burning equipment, tools or machinery in areas without adequate ventilation. Such equipment includes compressors, pumps, forklifts and delivery vehicles.
In order to combat CO poisoning, OSHA has introduced several useful online resources, including videos in English and Spanish, QuickCards in English and Spanish, a Portable Generator Safety Fact Sheet and a Carbon Monoxide Fact Sheet.
Following are among the highlights of the CO Fact Sheet:
To learn how to protect your workers from CO poisoning, please read the Fact Sheet linked above, and call your state OSHA or safety authority with any questions.