The Importance of Monitoring Air Quality for Carbon Dioxide and Carbon Monoxide

If you work in an environment where carbon dioxide is present, it’s recommended that CO2 levels are monitored to ensure safe levels are maintained. CO2 occurs naturally in the atmosphere at low levels, but exposure to increased levels can be harmful, potentially even deadly. Because carbon dioxide is a colorless, odorless and non-flammable gas, it can be near impossible to detect without the right equipment, therefore, it is highly important to ensure these levels are monitored. Those most at risk are people working in industries where they are exposed to the gas.

As with carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide is also colorless and odorless, making it difficult to detect but comes with the added danger of being present in many Australian households and workplaces. It has been labeled the ‘silent killer’ because it can quickly build up in enclosed rooms or workspace using death in as little as 5 minutes with little or no symptoms.

The leading cause of CO poisoning in Australia is from faulty appliances such as gas fires, boilers, central heating systems, water heaters, and cookers, leaking the deadly gas into the air. Monitoring of CO levels in the workplace is an essential part of WHS, particularly for those who work in industries where they are at greater risk of exposure such as miners, construction workers working in tunnels, underground car parks and other confined spaces, automotive workers, chemical manufacturing and meat coloring.

At Hazmat Services, we specialize in the hazardous workplace, occupational health, safety and environmental consulting services and are dedicated to helping protect workers from exposure to harmful chemicals, materials, and gases. Our indoor air quality monitoring services are essential for both commercial and residential properties.

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