How can you defend yourself against something that has no smell, no taste and no color, but its effects can be deadly when it seeps undetected? If you’ve had your morning coffee your brain is probably recognizing this hazard as, “The Silent Killer” or more commonly referred to as, Carbon Monoxide.
With the winter months around the corner, fall is a great time to discuss with employees the dangers and hazards associated with toxic gasses. Carbon Monoxide is a common offender during the winter months due to its abundance in the home and at the work place. Before firing up those heavy diesel trucks inside the truck bay or blasting the furnace to a comfy 78 degree’s, here are a few tips to recognize if you are encountering the effects of “CO” exposure.
- Dull headache.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Shortness of breath.
- Blurred vision.
- Loss of consciousness.
The good news is there’s hope! Hazardous gas detection is alive and well. Due to modern technology, gas detection is made simple using portable, hand held, or area monitoring devises. Some great options are available in 4 gas (CO, LEL, H2S, and O2), 6gas, and single gas monitors. As gas detection may be simple, it is best to consult your safety specialist to ensure you are getting equipped with the proper sensor configuration and employee training.