CPSC Hosting Forum on CO/Combustion Furnace Sensors

The June 3, all-day forum in Rockville, Md., is part of a years-long process in which the agency’s staff has encouraged the development of and tested sensor technologies that would shut down a gas heater when the CO concentration exceeds 400 ppm.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission will host a June 3 forum about carbon monoxide/combustion for gas furnaces, and the commission has issued a Request for Information asking whether sensors are available that can (1) operate within the flue passageways of a gas appliance or similar environment; (2) directly or indirectly monitor carbon monoxide levels or other gases or environmental conditions associated with the production of dangerous levels of carbon monoxide; and (3) provide a shutdown or other preemptive signal in response to dangerous CO levels of carbon monoxide.

For more than a decade, the CPSC staff has encouraged the development of such sensors and the addition of a provision in the ANSI furnace standard that would require a means to prevent furnaces from producing CO concentrations above 400 parts per million.

The forum will be held at CPSC's National Product Testing and Evaluation Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 3; anyone interested in serving on panels at the forum should register by May 9, and written comments will be accepted until July 7.

According to the CPSC notice, CO/combustion sensing technology is already in use with vented gas heating appliances in Japan. The notice said CPSC's analysis of U.S. death certificates showed an estimated 369 non-fire CO poisoning deaths associated with central gas furnaces/boilers, wall furnaces, and floor furnaces from 1999 to 2010.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Safety Management Software - Free Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Software’s comprehensive suite of modules help organizations to record and manage incidents, inspections, hazards, behavior based safety observations, and much more. Improve safety with an easy to use tool for tracking, notifying and reporting on key safety data.

  • Create Flexible Safety Dashboards

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations allows you to easily create and view safety KPIs to help you make informed business decisions. Our best of breed default indicators can also save you valuable time and effort in monitoring safety metrics.

  • Schedule and Record Observations

    IndustrySafe's Observations module allows managers, supervisors, and employees to conduct observations on employees involved in safety critical behavior. IndustrySafe’s pre-built BBS checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Why Is Near Miss Reporting Important?

    A near miss is an accident that's waiting to happen. Learn how to investigate these close calls and prevent more serious incidents from occurring in the future.

  • Get the Ultimate Guide to Safety Training

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common FAQs.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - June 2019

    June 2019

    Featuring:

    • ASSP SAFETY 2019 PREVIEW
      New Orleans Networking
    • NATION SAFETY MONTH
      Heed These Summer Safety Tips
    • TRAINING
      Education, Skill Development, and Behavior Change
    • SAFETY MANAGEMENT
      What Good Looks Like
    View This Issue

Bulwark Quiz