CARBON MONOXIDE (CO) DANGERS IN BOATING

A photo of a fleet of houseboats tied to a dock.

NIOSH Investigations and Reports

The reports listed below on this page include: 1) Health Hazard Evaluations which document hazardous environments on and around houseboats, and 2) Engineering Control Technology Reports which report on the evaluation of engineering controls which have been developed to mitigate boat-related CO poisonings. Additional studies have been conducted to characterize the environments surrounding other recreational boats including bass boats, ski boats, personal watercraft and express cruisers.

Health Hazard Evaluations

Carbon monoxide exposures during rescue operations using personal watercraft – Florida (January 2012)Cdc-pdf
HETA No. 2008-0014-3151

Final Report Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: A comprehensive report of the interagency project activity involving Glen Canyon (January 2005)Cdc-pdf
HETA No. 2000-400-2956, 2002-0325-2956 (January 2005)

Exhaust stack evaluation: An evaluation of two exhaust stack configurations on Table Rock LakeCdc-pdf
HETA No. 2003-0318-2936 (June 2004)

Reports on CO Exposures at Lake Havasu , AZCdc-pdf
HETA No. 2002-0393-2928 (February 2004)

CO concentrations on boats in the Raft-Off Event at Lake Norman , NC July 27, 2002Cdc-pdf
HETA No. 2002-0340 (April 2005)

Evaluation of houseboat generator exhaust at Lake MeadCdc-pdf
HETA No. 2001-0100 (April 2001)

CO investigation on houseboats at Lake Cumberland , KYCdc-pdf
HETA No. 2001-0026 (December 2000)

NIOSH Engineering Reports

Houseboats

Follow Up Evaluation of Kohler Low Emission Technology to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisonings from Houseboat Generator ExhaustCdc-pdf
EPHB No. 289-14a (June 2011)

An Evaluation of Catalytic Emission Controls to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisonings from Houseboat Generator ExhaustCdc-pdf
EPHB No. 171-05vv (March 2007)

An Evaluation of Catalytic Emission Controls to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisonings From Houseboat Generator ExhaustCdc-pdf
EPHB No. 171-38a (October 2006)

An Evaluation of Catalytic Emission Controls and Vertical Exhaust Stacks to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisonings from Houseboat Generator ExhaustCdc-pdf
EPHB No. 171-36a (September 2000)

An Evaluation of Factors that might Influence Exhaust Stack Performance to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisonings from Houseboat Generator ExhaustCdc-pdf
EPHB No. 171-34a1 (January 2004)

Follow-up Evaluation of Houseboat Generator Exhaust Stack SystemCdc-pdf
EPHB No. 171-34a2 (July 2004)

An Evaluation of Vertical Exhaust Stacks and Aged Production Emission Control Devices to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisonings from Houseboat Generator ExhaustCdc-pdf
EPHB No. 171-32a (October 2003)

Evaluation of Side Exhaust and Prototype and Production Emission Control Devices to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisonings from Generator Exhaust on HouseboatsCdc-pdf
EPHB No. 171-29a (May 2002)

Comparison of a Dry Stack with Existing Generator Exhaust Systems for Prevention of Carbon Monoxide Poisonings on HouseboatsCdc-pdf
EPHB No. 171-28a (August 2001)

An Evaluation of an Emission Control Device, Exhaust Stack, and Interlock to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisonings of Individuals on HouseboatsCdc-pdf
EPHB No. 171-27a (August 2001)

An Evaluation of an Engineering Control to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisonings of Individuals on HouseboatsCdc-pdf
EPHB No. 171-26a (May 2001)

An Evaluation of an Engineering Control to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisonings of Individuals on HouseboatsCdc-pdf
EPHB No. 171-25a (March 2001)

Ski Boats

An Evaluation of Carbon Monoxide Concentration With and Without Catalytic Emission Controls From Gasoline Propulsion EnginesCdc-pdf
EPHB No. 289-12a (April 2007)

Evaluation of the Sideswipe™ Exhaust System to Reduce Carbon Monoxide Exposure during Motor Boating and Wake SurfingCdc-pdf
EPHB No. 171-37a (December 2005)

Evaluation of the Fresh Air Exhaust™ System to Reduce Carbon MonoxideExposure during Motor Boating and Wake SurfingCdc-pdf
EPHB No. 171-35a (August 2004)

Carbon Monoxide Emissions and Exposures on Recreational Boats under Various Operating Conditions (Lake Norman , NC)Cdc-pdf
EPHB No. 171-31a (April 2003)

Carbon Monoxide Emissions and Exposures on Recreational Boats under Various Operating Conditions (Lake Mead, NV, and Lake Powell, AZ)Cdc-pdf
EPHB No. 171-05ee2 (February 2003)

Express Cruisers

In-Depth Survey Report of Carbon Monoxide Emissions and Exposures on Express Cruisers Under Various Operating ConditionsCdc-pdf
EPHB No. 289-11a (January 2006)

Carbon Monoxide Emissions and Exposures on Recreational Boats under Various Operating Conditions (Lake Norman , NC)Cdc-pdf
EPHB No. 171-31a (April 2003)

Carbon Monoxide Emissions and Exposures on Recreational Boats under Various Operating Conditions (Lake Mead, NV, and Lake Powell, AZ)Cdc-pdf
EPHB No. 171-05ee2 (February 2003)

Page last reviewed: June 9, 2016