Alex Turgoose explains how to remain compliant with the new regulations for workplace gas detection.

Every year there are approximately 25 fatalities from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in England and Wales, according to data from the NHS. As carbon monoxide (CO), has no smell or taste, it is undetectable until it is too late, hence CO being dubbed, the silent killer. After CO is inhaled, it enters the bloodstream and limits the red blood cells’ ability to carry oxygen. This lack of oxygen causes cells and tissue to die, which can prove fatal in high doses.

Due to the severity of the risk, last year EH40, Workplace exposure limits, the regulation containing the list of workplace exposure limits for use with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations was updated. The updated version reduced the alarm limit for gas, including CO readers, from 50ppm (parts per million) to 20ppm in order to increase safety.

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