Monday, September 3, 2012

Carbon Monoxide News September 3, 2012 - updated frequently

“There are two kinds of worries - those you can do something about and those you can't. Don't spend any time on the latter.”
Duke Ellington (1899-1974, bio link)

Details for Labor Day
In the United States, the worker is legally protected to work in environments that have less than a 50 PPM TWA (Time Weighted Average) of carbon monoxide exposure in an 8 hour shift. But there is no law that says a worker has to have carbon monoxide protection while on the job. This legal limit is above the fire department evacuation levels all over the country.

Ironically, a worker or a visitor to a building where people are working would be hard pressed to find a carbon monoxide alarm capable of protecting the worker or any of the visitors from carbon monoxide at all, let alone the high level of 50 PPM on average. (In order for it to average 50 PPM, it most likely would have to exceed 50 PPM for some time, and be even farther above the fire department evacuation levels that begin at 10 PPM in some places.)

You will note in most of the air quality posts the past few days that officials are warning people, particularly the elderly, young children and anyone with heart or respiratory conditions to stay indoors, away from the pollution of fires, or even urban combustion gases. The same warning could effectively be given to places of business, even schools and for sure indoor events where combustion engines are the draw, like monster truck shows.

One might think that carbon monoxide alarms would be in place in schools, libraries, stores, restaurants and other locations where people of vulnerable health may visit. How else would they or anyone get the warning that they may be in contaminated air that is injurious to their health? Low level carbon monoxide alarms and the diligence of measurement everywhere can certainly help. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

Generator Tragedy
Boys lose dad in Melbourne bakery tragedy
The Australian
A MELBOURNE man who came to Australia from Cambodia in 1990 as an asylum seeker has died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator at the bakery where he was working on Father's Day. The man's wife and a co-worker discovered the ...

Indoor Air Quality, CO2 Testing in Schools
Chandler schools lag in fixing air vents
Four Chandler schools that failed state inspections in 2005 continue to operate outdated ventilation systems in those buildings, where carbon-dioxide levels have exceeded safe standards and could create health risks, records show. The Chandler Unified ...

Air quality concerns persist in Western Montana
Ben Schmidt with the Missoula health department says that as of 10 a.m. Sunday, air quality is good in the Missoula Valley but may worsen briefly to is Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups later this morning." Some of the smoke may push out of the area late ...

· Heart Rescue Now This link takes you to a very short video that is a practical demonstration on the proper usage of an AED. This video is tastefully done & demonstrates the step-by-step way one might be able to save a life.

· Please take CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY CARE during all holiday and everyday activities.

· Carbon Monoxide Survivor A 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.

· Consider low level protection for carbon monoxide and smoldering fire detection problems; don't leave anyone behind.

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.

The following companies are acknowledged for their continued support of carbon monoxide safety education and this daily news blog. They may just have what you are looking for.
Fieldpiece Instruments
The Energy Conservatory
IntelliTec Colleges
CO Experts
Masimo (See the non-invasive RAD-57)
Mahugh Fire & Safety
ESCO Institute
TPI - Test Products International