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Stay Safe from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Working with an Invisible & Silent Killer on the JobsitecoEngine

This invisible & silent killer is Carbon Monoxide (CO), a poisonous, colorless, odorless & tasteless gas. Carbon Monoxide may be odorless, but often gets mixed with other gases with an odor. Carbon Monoxide is a common industrial hazard, CO is the result of the incomplete burning of material containing carbon such as, natural gas, gasoline, kerosene, oil, propane, coal and wood. One of the most common sources of carbon monoxide exposure on jobsites comes from the internal combustion engine.

How Harmful is Carbon Monoxide

In large amounts, carbon monoxide can overcome you in just minutes, causing you to lose consciousness and suffocate. CO is harmful when breathed in because it displaces the oxygen present in the blood, which deprives the heart, brain and other vital organs of oxygen. Carbon monoxide poisoning is deadly, but can also be reversed if it caught in time. Even if you are lucky enough to recover, acute poisoning may still result in permanent damage to the heart & brain. Significant reproductive risk has also been linked to carbon monoxide poisoning.

What are Common Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Symptoms will vary widely from person to person, but will occur sooner in persons most susceptible such as: young children, elderly, people with heart or lung disease, workers at height, smokers & people with elevated CO blood levels. This includes an elevated risk to fetuses.

  • Tightness across the chest
  • Sudden chest pain
  • HeadachecarbonMononxideStopped
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea

Prolonged or High Exposure Can Lead to

  • Symptoms worsening
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Passing out
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Muscle weakness

What Should You Do if You Expect Someone Has Been Poisoned by Carbon Monoxide

  • Immediately move the victim to an open area with fresh air
  • Seek out medical attention/assistance, call 911 or other local emergency number
  • If victim is still breathing, administer 100% oxygen to the victim using a tight-fitting mask
  • If victim has stopped breathing, administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Make sure that rescuers are not exposed to dangerous carbon monoxide levels when performing rescue operations.

How Can Employers Help Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

  • Install an effective ventilation systems that remove CO from work areas
  • Maintain equipment and appliances on a regular basis that can produce CO
  • Consider switching from gasoline-powered equipment to equipment powered by electricity, batteries, or compressed air if possible
  • Prohibit the use of gasoline-powered engines and tools in poorly ventilated areas
  • Provide personal CO monitors with audible alarms if potential exposure to CO exists
  • Test air regularly in areas where CO may be present
  • Use additional self-contained breathing apparatus with proper air supply in areas with high CO concentrations
  • Use respirators with appropriate canisters, in conjunction with personal CO monitoring, for short periods under certain circumstances where CO levels are not exceedingly high
  • Educate workers about the sources and conditions that may result in CO poisoning as well as the symptoms and control of CO exposure
  • If your employees are working in confined spaces where the presence of CO is suspected, you must ensure that workers test for oxygen sufficiency before entering

OSHA Standards for Carbon Monoxide Exposure

  • The OSHA permissible exposure limit (PEL) for CO is 50 parts per million (ppm). OSHA standards prohibit worker exposure to more than 50 parts of CO gas per million parts of air averaged during an 8-hour time period.
  • The 8-hour PEL for CO in maritime operations is also 50 ppm. Maritime workers, however, must be removed from exposure if the CO oncentration in the atmosphere exceeds 100 ppm. The peak CO level for employees engaged in Ro-Ro operations (roll-on rolloff operations during cargo loading and unloading) is 200 ppm.

Stop, Drop, & Roll Over to Tanner for Firestop / Barrier Products

Protect Your Facilities from the Spread of Fire, Smoke & Noxious Gases

In the occurrence of a fire or exposure of toxic gases, having your facility properly equipped with Firestop / Barrier Product will help prevent catastrophic damages and even could mean the difference between life and death. Let Tanner help you prepare and make sure you facility is ready for any hazardous situation involving fire and/or gasses. Tanner carries a wide variety of Firestop / Barrier products including products for construction joints, protective wrap systems and through penetration applications. Read on for a quick overview of the Firestop / Barrier products that we have to offer online, for the full selection of our products please check out our Firestop / Barrier Products Department.

Fire Barrier Duct WrapDuct Wrap

Thin, lightweight and flexible. Fire Barrier Duct Wrap provides excellent insulating capabilities and offers a space saving alternative to bulky fire protection methods. Commonly used in commercial kitchen grease ducts and ventilation ducts. May be installed with multiple layers if necessary. Shop for Fire Barrier Duct Wrap Now


Fire SealantsFire Barrier Sealants

Fire Barrier Sealants are offered in a number of different styles for a wide variety of applications. When they are properly installed, these sealants will help control the spread of fire, smoke and noxious gases before, during and after exposure to a fire. Shop for Fire Barrier Sealants Now


Fire Barrier PillowsFire Pillows

Fire Barrier Pillows are a self contained, intumescent firestop product designed for use in through penetration applications. Fire barrier pillows are re-enterable and re-usable for new or retrofit installations. Available in multiple sizes and can be cut to achieve precise fill and compression. Shop for Fire Barrier Pillows Now


Fire PuttyFire Barrier Putty

Firestop Putty is a moldable one-part firestop material used in various fire rated assemblies, such as electrical box protection. Designed to prevent the spread of fire, smoke and noxious gases. This putty helps provide draft and cold smoke seal, while reducing noise transfer. Shop for Fire Barrier Putty Now


Firestop Foams & SpraysFirestop Spray

Firestop Foams & Sprays are dispensable firestop products that are designed to protect against fire, smoke, noxious gases and sound. Firestop foam is designed to expand up to 5 times in volume and fill in the annular space created by pipes and cables penetrating through fire rated construction. Firestop spray dries to form a tough, elastomeric coating able to withstand compression / extension tested up to +/- 50% of nominal joint width without cracking. Shop for Firestop Foams & Sprays Now


Firestop Wrap StripsFirestop Wrap Strips

Firestop Wrap Strips are intumescent wrap strips that are primarily designed for use in top side firestop installations. These strips help to eliminate the need for retaining collars, concrete screws, etc. – saving time and labor. They are flexible to be able to wrap around pipes to fill tough areas and gaps. Shop for Firestop Wrap Strips Now


Fire Barrier Composite SheetsComposite Sheets

Fire Barrier Composite Sheets are a lightweight intumescent firestop that combines multiple components into a single system designed to help slow the spread of fire, smoke and noxious gases. These sheets combine 28 gauge steel, intumescent material, wire mesh and aluminum foil. Easy to handle and install with common trade tools. Shop for Fire Barrier Composite Sheets Now


Fire Water TapeFire & Water Barrier / Smoke & Sound Tape

Fire & Water Barrier / Smoke & Sound Tape are the only products on the market that use patent pending 3M technology to provide instant fire, water, smoke and sound protection in a convenient tape. These tapes work on a wide variety of construction joint including: top-of-wall, wall-to-wall, perimeter joints and through penetration. With a quick and easy installation process, these tapes will save you valuable time and money. Shop for Fire & Water Barrier / Smoke & Sound Tape Now

Portable Fire Extinguishers – Not Only Essential But OSHA Required On-Site

But Don’t Get Burned – Learn How to Properly Identify & Correctly Use Portable Fire Extinguishers

If a fire ever breaks out on a jobsite your first instinct may be to grab the nearest fire extinguisher to try to put it out. BUT before you do you should know the answers to the following questions.  Not knowing these answers and trying to put the fire out yourself could potentially lead to extensive property damage, personal injury, or even death.

  • Is the fire to large to control with a portable fire extinguisher?
  • Is the fire extinguisher the right type & size for the fire at hand?
  • Do you know the correct sequence of steps to properly use a portable fire extinguisher?

The first thing you must understand about using portable fire extinguishers is they are not intended to be used to put out large fires. They are intended for incipient stage fires only – initial or beginning stage, incipient fires can be handled with a portable fire extinguisher & you have no need for personal protection equipment. If you ever come across a large uncontrollable fire or you do not feel comfortable putting the fire out yourself, be sure to immediately evacuate the area and alert others of the fire.

From proper selection of, understanding the classes and safe use of each class, to knowing the basics on how to properly use an extinguisher using the PASS method. Be sure to read through so you know how to plan and act should you ever find yourself in the company of a fire.

Proper Selection

Before using a fire extinguisher it is important to know what the type(s) of fire the extinguisher is rated for. Some fire extinguishers are only rated for a single type of fire (Class A, Class B, or Class D), but most fire extinguishers are rated for a combination of fires (Class AB, Class BC, Class ABC). Due to these differences it is important to always check the labels on the fire extinguishers before using. It is important to check the size of the fire extinguisher as well to know how long the extinguisher will last before being emptied. Typically small sized extinguishers (5 ABC) will only last 6 – 10 seconds, while larger sized extinguishers (20 ABC) will last around 25 – 35 seconds before being emptied.

Identifying the Correct Fire Extinguisher to Use

Class A Rated

Class A Rated Fire Extinguishers are intended for use on ordinary combustibles: wood, paper, cardboard, dry vegetation, & some plastics. Class A fire extinguishers often contain water so be sure NOT to use on flammable liquid fires or electrical fires.

Class B Ratedfire-extinguisher-ratings

Class B Rated Fire Extinguishers are intended for use on flammable liquids: fuels, paint thinners, solvents, oil, & grease. These CO2 extinguishers displace oxygen so the fire can not continue to burn, but these extinguishers can also displace the oxygen in a small enclosed place, so ONLY use in a well ventilated areas. Also the horn shaped nozzle can become extremely cold, cold enough to cause frostbite, so be extremely careful when using a Class B Fire Extinguisher.

Class C Rated

Class C Rated Fire Extinguishers are intended for use on fires near or involving electrically energized equipment. This designation is typically seen on combination type fire extinguishers, that are suitable on other types of fires as well.

Class D Rated

Class D Rated Fire Extinguishers are intended to be used on fires involving combustible metals that actually burn, such as: magnesium, sodium, & potassium.

Class K Rated

Class K Rated Fire Extinguishers, the newest type on the market, are specialty extinguishers that are intended to be used on kitchen / deep fryer fires: animal oils, fats, & vegetable oils.

Effectively Use a Fire Extinguisher with the PASS Method

It’s important to use a fire extinguisher rated for the type of fire you’re dealing with, but its just as important to know how to properly use the fire extinguisher. There are (4) basic step to properly use a portable fire extinguisher. However people often panic when seeing a fire and forget what to do. To help remember the (4) basic steps of using a fire extinguisher, just remember P A S S.

  • P. Pull the pin out of the handle pass
  • A. Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire
  • S. Squeeze the handle to discharge the fire extinguisher
  • S. Sweep from side to side to help cover all the burning material

Do’s & Don’ts

  • Maintain a safe escape path
  • Retreat immediately if conditions get out of control
  • Watch for flare-ups afterwards
  • Beware of slippery floors
  • Watch for unstable structures and objects
  • Recharge ALL used extinguishers

OSHA Regulations

In closing, proper fire extinguisher use isn’t just something that’s good to plan for, but necessary to keep employers and employees safe. It is also both required and regulated by OSHA and as such should become part of your OSHA safety plan at work.

While there are many standards for a variety of industries regulated by OSHA, the primary regulations for construction and general industry are found in two sections that we think would be beneficial to leave you with.

1926.150

The employer shall be responsible for the development of a fire protection program to be followed throughout all phases of the construction and demolition work, and he shall provide for the firefighting equipment as specified in this subpart. As fire hazards occur, there shall be no delay in providing the necessary equipment.

1910.157

Where the employer has provided portable fire extinguishers for employee use in the workplace, the employer shall also provide an educational program to familiarize employees with the general principles of fire extinguisher use and the hazards involved with incipient stage fire fighting.” Hands on experience using actual fires in a controlled environment is not required in your particular case.