Thursday, April 19, 2012

April 19, 2012 - Carbon Monoxide News

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EPA Is Cracking Down On Gas Drilling Fumes
Wheeling News Register
Chesapeake Energy has the “potential to discharge” 93800 tons of carbon dioxide and 86.63 tons of methane per year from its planned natural gas compressor station in Valley Grove. The US Environmental Protection Agency is looking to crack down on some ...

London's Air Quality Is Rubbish, But What Can Be Done?
Instead of soot, our pollution is made of carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, ground level ozone, sulphur dioxide and particles known as PM10, fine particles that stay in the air and can penetrate deep into the lungs. London regularly breaches EU limits ...

E Mail question, 4-18-2012 to Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety
Are you aware of any industrial vehicle mounted carbon monoxide alarm/detectors that don't have all of the shortcomings of the residential CO detectors currently available? My first suggestion is that the driver of the “industrial vehicle” wear a personal carbon monoxide monitor, similar/the same as those worn by fire and emergency responder personnel. These should have hydrogen compensated sensors to reduce cross interference measurements in some circumstances (you don’t want to be chasing CO ghosts). These are generally set to alert at 35 PPM of carbon monoxide as the concentration is measured, not in some time resistance mode as those that “have all of the shortcomings of the residential CO detectors currently available”. My next suggestion is that the operator work under the same guidelines as the fire department for air packs worn and civilian evacuation commencement and completion.

These personal monitors have clips that allow them to be attached somewhere on/in the vehicle seating area. They can come with a 2 year lithium battery with an approximate 2 year useful life expectancy and the usual warranty for the sensor.

There are various choices for pocket or personal CO monitors from a variety of manufacturers. There is a difference between a Personal CO Monitor and a similarly sized hand held ambient air tester for CO. The Personal Monitor is tested to be intrinsically safe and is worn by those in occupations where even the smallest of electronic spark might be explosive to the atmospheric makeup. They are generally a little more solid. These come with recommended calibration tests, usually every 6 months. These can be purchased wherever commercial fire safety supplies are sold. (Not in the larger box or variety mega stores. These would be specialty stores that sold and maintained commercial fire extinguishers perhaps and fire fighters apparel.)

There are a few manufacturers of these ±≈ $200.00 (U.S.) personal carbon monoxide monitors and are easily found via an Internet search.

Carbon Monoxide Survivor Check in on this website made by poisoning survivors that brings a view that can only come from those that know what it is like to have been poisoned - as well as live with the long term impact.

National Conference of State Legislatures
Carbon Monoxide Detectors State Statutes Twenty-five U.S. states have statutes that require carbon monoxide detectors in certain residential buildings. Updated Nov. 2011
Alaska | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Florida | Georgia | Illinois | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts| Michigan | Minnesota | Montana | New Jersey | New Hampshire | New York | North Carolina | Oregon | Rhode Island | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | Wisconsin | West Virginia

Google Maps to reference the locations referenced in these Internet headlines.

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