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Document ID (ISN)108467
CIS number 08-912
ISBN(s) 978-2-89631-243-6
Year 2008
Convention or series no. Etudes et Recherches R-551
Author(s) Martel R., Comeau G., Trépanier L., Parent G., Lévesque B.
Title Evaluation of carbon monoxide production and propagation following urban blasting work
Original title Evaluation de la production et de la propagation du monoxyde de carbone suite à des travaux de dynamitage en milieu urbain [in French]
Bibliographic information Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail du Québec (IRSST), 505 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal (Quebec) H3A 3C2, Canada, 2008. xi, 129p. Illus. 19 ref. + CD-ROM. Price: CAD 12.60. Downloadable version (PDF format) free of charge.
Internet access [in French]
Abstract Explosives used for some types of civil engineering work can generate significant carbon monoxide (CO) concentrations, which may spread through rock fissures to confined spaces such as sewers and manholes, or basements of buildings. This study was undertaken to define the precautionary measures to be adopted before carrying out blasting work, in order to prevent hazardous situations for workers as well as for neighbouring residents. A network of CO detectors was placed at and around the experimental blasting site, as well as in neighbouring buildings. Various recommendations are proposed for improving blasting practices in order to minimize CO emissions at these sites and in their vicinity.
Descriptors (primary) carbon monoxide; construction industry; shotfiring and blasting
Descriptors (secondary) public OSH institutions; Canada; Quebec; report; sampling and analysis; exposure evaluation; neighbourhood protection; safe working methods; neighbourhood populations; limitation of exposure
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Inorganic substances
Carbon monoxide
Construction industry and civil engineering