Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and LPG Forklifts

 

Below are links to information about how to reduce worker exposure to carbon monoxide from LPG forklifts. If you have information you want considered for inclusion on this site, please contact:

Thomas Greiner, ISU Extension ag engineer
Phone: 515 / 294-0464
FAX: 515 / 294-9973
e-mail:tgreiner@iastate.edu

Case studies from Iowa about CO poisoning from LPG-powered forklifts

Carbon monoxide poisoning associated with use of LPG-powered (propane) forklifts in industrial settings -- Iowa, 1998
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), December 17, 1999 / 48(49);1121-4
http://www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4849a2.htm

Sources for more information on carbon monoxide poisoning and lift trucks
Hazard Alert: Carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides from forklifts and other fueled equipment can create dangerous conditions
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
http://www.lni.wa.gov/wisha/hazalerts/carbon.htm
 
OSHA Fact Sheet 01/01/1992 - Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Health and Safety Administration
http://www.osha-slc.gov/OshDoc/Fact_data/FSNO92-11.html
 
Safeworks Series No. 13: On-site Consultation Carbon Monoxide Exposure
U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
http://www.ccohs.ca/otherhsinfo/alerts/safewo13.txt
 
Encephalopathy and Peripheral Neuropathy Following Carbon Monoxide Poisoning from a Propane-fueled Vehicle
OSH-Link: an Online Resource Summarizing Current Literature on Occupational Safety & Health
http://infoventures.com/osh/abs/neur0002.html
 
Terminox System Reduces Emissions from LPG Lift Trucks
Material Handling Product News, October 1997
http://www.mhpn.com/technology/10mh97b.htm
 
Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. Improves Confined Space Air Quality with Use of ECD
Material Handling Product News, January 1998
http://www.mhpn.com/technology/01mh98a.htm
 
Fork Lift Truck Carbon Monoxide Alert
International Warehouse Logistics Association Newsgram, May 1996
http://www.warehouselogistics.org/IWLA_Site/main.htm?id=regulatoryupdates
 
Wisconsin Recycling Center Cleans Up Indoor Air Quality, Cahners Business Information 1999:
http://www.mhpn.com/scripts/stpgct.exe?0A0?TW?0001174?A?0550?9902?0?0

Sources for more information about carbon monoxide poisoning
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University
http://www.ae.iastate.edu/human_housing.htm
 
Carbon Monoxide Headquarters, Wayne State University School of Medicine
http://www.phymac.med.wayne.edu/FacultyProfile/penney/co1.htm

Sources of information from the propane industry
Lift Truck Fuels Produce Low Emissions in Comparison Study
National Propane Gas Association
http://www.propanegas.com/npga/press/truckpr.html
 

Sources for more information about potential regulatory activity
Industrial Truck Report, Part 2: Controlling forklift exhaust emissions, Modern Materials Handling, 04/01/1999
http://www.manufacturing.net/magazine/mmh/archives/1999/mmh0401.99/04indtr2.htm

Sources of catalytic converters, natural gas conversion, etc.
Foley Engines: Tech Tip # 13
Eliminate Carbon Monoxide Problems with Propane-Powered Forklifts
http://www.foleyengines.com/TechTip13.html
 
Nett Technologies, Inc.
Catalytic Mufflers
http://nett.ca/products-cm.html
 
ECD
Envirolift
http://www.envirolift.com/
 
Warehouse Associates Case Study: Conversion to natural gas for propane-fueled fork lift trucks
NESC Williams Inc.
http://nesc-williams.com/Warehouse.htm

Sources of CO monitors, data loggers, equipment
AFC International, Inc.
Low Cost, Self Checking Carbon Monoxide Gas Detection System for Industrial Plants and Warehouses that Use Internal Combustion Forklift Trucks for Loading and Unloading Delivery Trucks
www.afcintl.com/coappl.htm
 
AIM Safe-Air (USA)
Manufacturers of hazardous gas detection equipment for Personal, Home and Industrial Safety, Confined Spaces, Hazardous Material, Fire Services, and Testing.
http://www.aimsafety.com/home.htm
 
GfG-Dynamation
Manufacturers of Hazardous Gas Monitors
http://www.dynamationinc.com/
 
Mid-American Monitor
Cedar Rapids 800 / 825 - 7407
Des Moines 877 / 535 - 4116
 
Macurco, Inc.
Gas Detectors and Ventilation Controllers
www.macurco.com

Commercial Disclaimer: Commercial or private sites linked from this page are intended only to supply information. No endorsement of products or firms is intended, nor is criticism implied of those not included.

Links to related sites
ISU Extension Carbon Monoxide Links
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Pages/communications/CO/
 
ISU Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS)
http://www.ciras.iastate.edu/
 
Carbon Monoxide Information from ISU Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
http://www.ae.iastate.edu/human_housing.htm

Page last updated: June 19, 2000
Questions? Contact Thomas Greiner,
tgreiner@iastate.edu