You can’t smell it, see it or taste it, but it could be surrounding you right now!
Carbon monoxide is a hazardous gas that, in a confined space may initiate an onboard emergency.
Appropriate procedures need to be in place for safe entry into confined spaces such as sealed void spaces, fuel tanks, sullage tanks, battery storage compartments and compartments where explosive gases may accumulate.
Failure to adopt a systematic and carefully managed approach can result in injury or death.
Risks that need to be managed are:
- excessive noise
- unguarded belts, shafts and other moving machinery parts
- high temperatures, especially around exhausts
- gas leakages and accumulation
- high pressure hydraulic lines
- corrosive and toxic chemicals and fumes
- good housekeeping, proper servicing and maintenance, proper clothing and personal safety devices.
Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that can make you dangerously sleepy.
Early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are headache, nausea and fatigue.
These symptoms can be mistaken for the flu because the deadly gas goes undetected. They can be a warning that a dangerous concentration is being inhaled.
Prolonged exposure can lead to brain damage and at worst death.
If you have confined spaces onboard your boat ensure you understand the risks and follow the correct safety procedures.