Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week

11 September 2015

IOSH is once again proud to support Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week in Ireland which takes place this year between 21 and 27 September. 

As in previous years, the aim of the campaign this year is to highlight the fact that carbon monoxide (CO) can, and does, kill.  It’s colourless, odourless, hard to detect and it can kill in less than three minutes.  On average, six people in Ireland die every year as a result of unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning.  But there’s a lot you can do to safeguard against it. Remember: 
  • Carbon Monoxide can be produced by ANY fuel that burns, including coal, turf, oil, gas and wood. 
  • Service fuel burning appliances and have chimneys swept annually. 
  • Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm in your home. 
Carbon monoxide poisoning can also occur in industrial and commercial settings.  Employers should be aware that any fuel that they burn can produce carbon monoxide and should ensure that appliances are installed, regularly serviced, maintained and operated by competent people. 
The campaign this year is being fronted by Tommy McAnairey and will feature across all national and local media with a significant social media presence.  Tommy, the ballad-singing canary created to drive awareness about carbon monoxide, will be releasing a single ‘Carbon Monoxide is Lethal as Hell’ on the 18 September with the aim to get to Number 1 in the charts.  
As an IOSH member, if your organisation would like free posters and information leaflets for display/ hand out amongst staff in the workplace, please contact Norita Robinson by email. Please put 'Carbon Monoxide awareness information' in the subject/title and advise the quantity and postal address and they will be sent out to you.