A common industrial hazard, carbon monoxide, or CO, is poisonous gas that knock out and even suffocate those who inhale it. Because it’s colorless, odorless and tasteless, CO can overcome victims quickly if undetected.
To reduce the chance of CO poisoning in your workplace, install an effective ventilation system that can remove the gas from work areas where it may build up, especially near gasoline-powered engines. Wherever possible, opt for equipment powered by batteries, electricity or compressed air instead of gas.
To help contractors detect potential threats, provide them with personal CO monitors with audible alarms when working near high-exposure areas. Finally, educate your employees on the sources and symptoms of CO poisoning before harmful conditions arise.
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