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Carbon Monoxide Factsheet (PDF)
What is carbon monoxide?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous, colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. Although it has no
detectable odor, CO is often mixed with other gases that do have an odor. So, you can inhale carbon
monoxide right along with gases that you can smell and not even know that CO is present.
CO is a common industrial hazard resulting from the incomplete burning of natural gas and any other
material containing carbon such as gasoline, kerosene, oil, propane, coal, or wood. Forges, blast
furnaces and coke ovens produce CO, but one of the most common sources of exposure in the workplace
is the internal combustion engine.