The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has some useful tips for employers and employees alike to help prevent carbon monoxide poisonings from occurring in the workplace. In order to better educate our customers about the ways that they can prevent carbon monoxide from ever getting to dangerous levels, we thought we’d pass some of their recommendations along.

For Employers:

  • Make sure that your building has a ventilation system that can adequately rid your workspaces of any fumes, including carbon monoxide.
  • Ensure that any device in your building that could potentially generate carbon monoxide is checked and serviced regularly to guard against potential leaks.
  • As much as possible, try to use appliances that rely upon electricity rather than combustion to operate.
  • Don’t allow your employees to use any piece of equipment that relies upon combustion in an area that lacks proper ventilation.
  • Install and regularly maintain carbon monoxide detectors and alarms, like the state-of-the-art ones that Crossfire Alarms manufactures.

For Employees:

  • Be vigilant and keep your eyes open to any situation that might cause carbon monoxide to build to significant levels within the work environment.
  • If you suspect that you or someone else is suffering from the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning, then immediately report this. Don’t delay!
  • Don’t attempt to be a hero if you suspect someone has succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning. Let the authorities do the rescue work instead.
  • If you believe that you’ve been exposed to a dangerous level of carbon monoxide, then inform your doctor immediately and seek treatment.
  • Don’t use any piece of equipment that relies upon combustion to operate in a poorly ventilated area. You’ll be putting yourself and others at risk.