While winter brings plenty of challenges outdoors – including cold, ice and snow – there’s also an increased risk for carbon monoxide (CO) in the workplace.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the highest number of cases involving CO poisoning are in the fall and winter seasons.
CO is a poisonous, odorless, colorless and tasteless gas, produced by incomplete combustion of carbon-containing material, like natural gas, gasoline, propane, coal or wood. Prolonged exposure can be deadly.
“Working around running engines, blast furnaces or industrial ovens puts workers at risk of exposure to carbon monoxide. Those workers need to be aware of the early signs of carbon monoxide poisoning,” Illinois Department of Labor Director Michael Kleinik said.
There’s a higher risk for those who work in boiler rooms, warehouses, refineries, pulp and paper production, steel production, around docks, blast furnaces or coke ovens.