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May 21, 2008

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HSA warns Irish construction industry over generators and CO poisoning

Ireland’s Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has expressed concerns that workers on construction sites are still unaware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning from generators used in unventilated areas.

The HSA is urging employers remind workers of the dangers of using generators in enclosed areas. It has advised that generators should be used outdoors, and must never be used indoors – unless specific provision has been made for conducting the exhaust gases from the engine into the open air, or the working area is adequately ventilated so as to prevent danger to health from the exhaust gases.

The HSA has produced an information sheet on the dangers of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. This information sheet and all Health and Safety Authority publications are available for free download from the link below.

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