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How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in the Workplace

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Deaths due to carbon monoxide have caused many families to begin installing detectors in their homes in recent years.

The reality, however, is that carbon monoxide poisoning on the job is even more of a threat to safety for many workers than poisoning at home.

Worker Safety and compliance with OSHA and other regulatory safety entities is absolutely critical in keeping people safe from the harmful affects of this lethal, yet hard to identify, smell or sense by-product of our modern day manufacturing world.

Read this for a quick yet solid overview of how you can keep your workers safe(er) from carbon monoxide in the winter: https://safetybrief.creativesafetysupply.com/carbon-monoxide-hazards-in-winter/

If you would like to learn more, or learn how you can create a compliant safety labeling program in your facility, just contact us at info@CreativeSafetySupply.com or call us at 1-866-777-1360. Creative Safety Supply is the leader in visual safety.

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How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in the Workplace

  1. 1. CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING The leaders in visual safety. How To Prevent In The Workplace
  2. 2. Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In The Workplace Phone: 866-777- 1 3 6 0 www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • info@CreativeSafetySupply.com 2 Deaths due to carbon monoxide have caused many families to begin installing detectors in their homes in recent decades. The reality, however, is that carbon monoxide on the job is even more of a threat to safety for many workers than poisoning at home.
  3. 3. Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In The Workplace Phone: 866-777- 1 3 6 0 www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • info@CreativeSafetySupply.com 3 Let’s review carbon monoxide exposure in the workplace in its entirety, including what exactly carbon monoxide is, why it’s dangerous, and how to prevent work exposure and poisoning on job sites.
  4. 4. Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In The Workplace What IS Carbon Monoxide? Phone: 866-777- 1 3 6 0 www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • info@CreativeSafetySupply.com 4 It is a byproduct of combustion reactions, or the burning of certain fuels. CO can be emitted from gasoline powered engines, natural gas heating systems, oil, coal, propane, wood and other materials which may also release carbon monoxide when burned.
  5. 5. Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In The Workplace Phone: 866-777- 1 3 6 0 www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • info@CreativeSafetySupply.com 5 Carbon monoxide cannot be seen, tasted, or even smelled by human beings. Workers don’t even know they’re exposed to CO until they begin to experience symptoms, by which point it may already be too late.
  6. 6. Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In The Workplace How does Carbon Monoxide kill? Phone: 866-777- 1 3 6 0 www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • info@CreativeSafetySupply.com 6 Carbon monoxide impedes the blood’s ability to carry oxygen to body tissues and vital organs. When oxygen in the bloodstream is diminished, your vital organs will be unable to function properly.
  7. 7. Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In The Workplace Phone: 866-777- 1 3 6 0 www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • info@CreativeSafetySupply.com 7 SYMPTOMS First to become affected is the brain, displaying some of the first detectable symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning; headache, dizziness, and drowsiness. With enough exposure, those affected may also begin to breathe more rapidly than normal in an attempt to take in more oxygen, becoming weak as well as easily confused or unable to make decisions.
  8. 8. Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In The Workplace Risk in the Workplace Phone: 866-777- 1 3 6 0 www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • info@CreativeSafetySupply.com 8 Carbon monoxide risk to employees comes from gas-burning engines in machines. Some examples that cause carbon monoxide would be portable generators, gas-powered power tools and saws, space heaters, and other appliances.
  9. 9. Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In The Workplace How to Reduce the Risk of Carbon Monoxide Phone: 866-777- 1 3 6 0 www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • info@CreativeSafetySupply.com 9 It’s important to ensure that proper ventilation is present in any room or workspace so that any CO in the air can leave freely. Depending on the specific conditions of the work environment, passive ventilation (i.e. without fans) might not be enough.
  10. 10. Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In The Workplace How to Reduce the Risk of Carbon Monoxide Ventilation Phone: 866-777- 1 3 6 0 www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • info@CreativeSafetySupply.com 10 You may need to employ fans or filtration systems to help cycle air by bringing in fresh air or drawing CO out.
  11. 11. Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In The Workplace How to Reduce the Risk of Carbon Monoxide Tools Phone: 866-777- 1 3 6 0 www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • info@CreativeSafetySupply.com 11 Work sites where gas-powered tools and machines are used should not be enclosed spaces, rather they should be well ventilated or open.
  12. 12. Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In The Workplace How to Reduce the Risk of Carbon Monoxide Phone: 866-777- 1 3 6 0 www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • info@CreativeSafetySupply.com 12 Alternatives to use include electric or hydraulic saws and hammers, etc. If a gas generator is necessary to provide power for your other tools and tasks, keep ventilation in mind.
  13. 13. Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In The Workplace How to Reduce the Risk of Carbon Monoxide Breathing Apparatus Phone: 866-777- 1 3 6 0 www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • info@CreativeSafetySupply.com 13 Employees need to be provided with breathing systems that can filter out carbon monoxide where exposure is unavoidable. Face masks need to be fitted with an airtight seal to the face and be capable of filtering air at the molecular level.
  14. 14. Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In The Workplace How to Reduce the Risk of Carbon Monoxide Safety Signs Phone: 866-777- 1 3 6 0 www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • info@CreativeSafetySupply.com 14 Safety signs can help warn employees of any hazards that are located within the area. The utilization of safety signs helps employees to act accordingly since they are able to understand and acknowledge the potential for health risks.
  15. 15. Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In The Workplace How to Reduce the Risk of Carbon Monoxide Monitoring Phone: 866-777- 1 3 6 0 www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • info@CreativeSafetySupply.com 15 Regardless of the preventative measures you use, you can’t be simply guessing at whether or not carbon monoxide will be present. Carbon monoxide monitoring machines need to be used before workers enter an enclosed work site, and used throughout the day to monitor levels.
  16. 16. Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In The Workplace How to Reduce the Risk of Carbon Monoxide Monitoring Phone: 866-777- 1 3 6 0 www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • info@CreativeSafetySupply.com 16 Carbon monoxide alarms, such as those made for home use, should be installed. Carbon monoxide alarms help alert employees and give employees enough warning to remove themselves from a dangerous situation if it arises.
  17. 17. Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In The Workplace How to Reduce the Risk of Carbon Monoxide Training Phone: 866-777- 1 3 6 0 www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • info@CreativeSafetySupply.com 17 Making sure your own employees know the types of hazards that can lead to carbon mon-oxide poisoning is a large part of proactive safety. Training employees can help employees identify risks on their own while working on the job site.
  18. 18. Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In The Workplace How to Reduce the Risk of Carbon Monoxide Conclusion Phone: 866-777- 1 3 6 0 www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • info@CreativeSafetySupply.com 18 The responsibility falls squarely on your shoulders as a safety manager and/or business owner, and all of your efforts must be carefully planned and thought out.
  19. 19. Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In The Workplace How to Reduce the Risk of Carbon Monoxide Conclusion Phone: 866-777- 1 3 6 0 www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • info@CreativeSafetySupply.com 19 When administering training, it’s up to you to make sure that training is effective and that workers retain what they are taught. Simple education provided by sharing a slideshare like this one with your employees could save a life.
  20. 20. Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In The Workplace Phone: 866-777- 1 3 6 0 www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • info@CreativeSafetySupply.com 20 May we suggest a few free safety resources?
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  24. 24. Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In The Workplace Phone: 866-777- 1 3 6 0 www.CreativeSafetySupply.com • info@CreativeSafetySupply.com 24 We are the Leaders in Visual Safety With a true passion for innovation and creativity, Creative Safety Supply understands that continuous growth and safety never clock out. Address 7737 SW Cirrus Dr. Beaverton, OR 97008 Phone (+1) 866 777 1360 Website CreativeSafetySupply.com Email info@CreativeSafetySupply.com The Leaders In Visual Safety

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