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Request for assistance in controlling carbon monoxide hazard in aircraft refueling operations.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1984 Feb; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
00129888
Abstract
The risks of carbon-monoxide (630080) (CO) exposure in aircraft refueling operations are reviewed. Deaths among workers who fuel jet aircraft are cited. Investigations of incidents are described in which a combination of unusual location of engine exhaust, deterioration of rubber seals around the gear shift lever and pedals, and time spent by workers in idling vehicles resulted in dangerous CO concentrations in the truck cabs. CO is a colorless, odorless, gas that limits the ability of the blood to carry oxygen to the tissues. Symptoms of poisoning include headaches, rapid breathing, nausea, weakness, dizziness, confusion, hallucinations, and discoloration of lips and nail beds. Recommendations for control of CO hazards in refueling operations include: conversion of trucks to electric or diesel power; prevention of entry of CO from beneath the cab in refueling trucks; tuning of engines; installation of continuous CO monitors in truck cabs; provision of comfortable waiting areas to avoid waiting in idling truck cabs; restrictions on smoking among workers; and interim work rules requiring open windows and parking with exhaust downwind from the air intake.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Occupational-exposure; Employee-exposure; Exposure-levels; Air-contamination; Fumes; Toxic-effects; Exhaust-gases
CAS No.
630-08-0
Publication Date
19840214
Document Type
Numbered Publication; Alert
Fiscal Year
1984
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-240183
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 84-106
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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