NIOSHTIC-2 Publications Search
Fugitive carbon-based gases: blasting-related or not.
Eltschlager KK; Harris ML; Baldassare F
Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 1-4, 2004, 2004 Feb; 1:1-10
Surface mine blasting was recently investigated as a potential source of high concentrations of stray gases found in nearby residences in western Pennsylvania. In one incident, carbon monoxide was detected in a home; in the other, high concentrations of carbon dioxide were found in a home. Both carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide are byproducts of blasting. However, other sources of these gases may also exist in a residential setting. In each case, gas chromatography and carbon isotope analyses were used to define atmospheric concentrations inside the homes and to determine the source of a stray gas. Molecular and isotopic analyses provide geochemical evidence as to the origin and source of the stray gas. This paper discusses elements of a stray gas investigation and the analyses necessary to identify the source of a stray gas.
Surface-mining; Carbon-monoxide; Explosives; Fumes; Gases
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Research Tools and Approaches: Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment
Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division