|Document ID (ISN)||107898|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0029-7909 - Occupational Hazards
|Convention or series no.
||The silent killer
||Sep. 2006, p.40-43. Illus.
||Nitrogen is an invisible, tasteless and odorless gas that comprises about 78 percent of the air we breathe, but its potential to kill workers in or near confined spaces should never be underestimated. This article describes a fatal nitrogen asphyxiation accident having occurred in an oil refinery, the common causes of accidents involving 80 fatalities and 50 injuries having occurred in the United Stated between 1992 and 2002 and the good practices to adopt for preventing these accidents (alarm systems, continuous atmosphere monitoring, ventilation with fresh air, rescue organization, training).
||USA; asphyxiants; nitrogen; petroleum refining; work in confined spaces; fatalities; hypoxia
||ventilation design; emergency organization; safety training in industry; first aid; monitoring for air contamination; alarm systems
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||USA|
||Toxic and dangerous substances
|Broad subject area(s)
||Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Petroleum and natural gas industry