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Document ID (ISN)100753
CIS number 02-1842
ISBN(s) 2-551-21639-7
Year 2002
Convention or series no. Etudes et recherches R-314
Author(s) Martel R., Sanfaçon G., Schnebelen M., Trépanier L., Lévesque B., Lavigne M.A., Boutin L.C., Gauvin D., Galarneau L., Auger P.
Title Evaluation of carbon monoxide produced during work with explosives
Original title Evaluation de la production de monoxyde de carbone associée aux travaux aux explosifs [in French]
Bibliographic information Institut de recherche en santé et en sécurité du travail du Québec (IRSST), 505 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal (Quebec) H3A 3C2, Canada, Sep. 2002. iv, 41p. Illus. 10 ref. An electronic version of the report in PDF format is also included on a CD-ROM.
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Abstract Carbon monoxide (CO) generated by explosives can migrate underground and accumulate in confined spaces. Over a five-year period in Quebec, there were a number of incidents where residents were strongly indisposed, and seven persons were sufficiently intoxicated to require hyperbaric treatment. This hazard is probably more widespread than is generally recognized, considering the lack of understanding of the problem, the insidious nature of CO poisoning and the large number of explosions (between 1000 and 1500) carried out each year in the course of civil engineering work in Quebec. This report includes the results of several studies: a retrospective study of CO poisonings based on data from various sources, a study on CO measurements carried out at construction sites using explosives and a study of various methods for limiting the propagation of CO in fractured rock in the vicinity of work with explosives. The main recommendations are aimed at civil engineering contractors and concern the implementation of procedures for limiting CO propagation. Certain appendices are available only in electronic version.
Descriptors (primary) poisoning; civil engineering; explosions; carbon monoxide
Descriptors (secondary) hyperbaric oxygen therapy; construction sites; exposure evaluation; limitation of exposure; hazard evaluation; confined spaces
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Explosions
Carbon monoxide
Construction industry and civil engineering
Inorganic substances