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

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

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
OSHA Fact Sheet 01/01/1992 - Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Health and Safety Administration
Safeworks Series No. 13: On-site Consultation Carbon Monoxide Exposure
U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
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
Terminox System Reduces Emissions from LPG Lift Trucks
Material Handling Product News, October 1997
Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. Improves Confined Space Air Quality with Use of ECD
Material Handling Product News, January 1998
Fork Lift Truck Carbon Monoxide Alert
International Warehouse Logistics Association Newsgram, May 1996
Wisconsin Recycling Center Cleans Up Indoor Air Quality, Cahners Business Information 1999:

Sources for more information about carbon monoxide poisoning
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University
Carbon Monoxide Headquarters, Wayne State University School of Medicine

Sources of information from the propane industry
Lift Truck Fuels Produce Low Emissions in Comparison Study
National Propane Gas Association

Sources for more information about potential regulatory activity
Industrial Truck Report, Part 2: Controlling forklift exhaust emissions, Modern Materials Handling, 04/01/1999

Sources of catalytic converters, natural gas conversion, etc.
Foley Engines: Tech Tip # 13
Eliminate Carbon Monoxide Problems with Propane-Powered Forklifts
Nett Technologies, Inc.
Catalytic Mufflers
Warehouse Associates Case Study: Conversion to natural gas for propane-fueled fork lift trucks
NESC Williams Inc.

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
AIM Safe-Air (USA)
Manufacturers of hazardous gas detection equipment for Personal, Home and Industrial Safety, Confined Spaces, Hazardous Material, Fire Services, and Testing.
Manufacturers of Hazardous Gas Monitors
Mid-American Monitor
Cedar Rapids 800 / 825 - 7407
Des Moines 877 / 535 - 4116
Macurco, Inc.
Gas Detectors and Ventilation Controllers

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Links to related sites
ISU Extension Carbon Monoxide Links
ISU Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS)
Carbon Monoxide Information from ISU Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Page last updated: June 19, 2000
Questions? Contact Thomas Greiner,