Magazine article HRMagazine

Be Alert for Causes, Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Magazine article HRMagazine

Be Alert for Causes, Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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An incident that sent 19 people to the hospital in March 2014 serves as a reminder of the dangers of carbon monoxide in the workplace. A faulty furnace in a medical building released high levels of the odorless gas, according to Fairfax County, Va., Fire and Rescue Services. The first responders were called after several people complained of nausea, a common symptom of carbon monoxide exposure.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a common industrial hazard resulting from the incomplete burning of natural gas and any other material containing carbon, such as gasoline, kerosene, oil, propane, coal or wood.

In the workplace, CO exposure can occur in operations near furnaces, ovens, generators, forges and kilns. Some petroleum-product processes and gasoline-powered tools such as highpressure washers, welders and pumps also produce CO. One of the most common sources of occupational exposure is the internal combustion engine, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). …

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