Safety Alert: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - Shared by Ports of Jersey

Published: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 10:15

Early Information Sharing is a PSS priority; aimed at proactively preventing incidents.  Safety Alerts are good opportunities for members to review/modify existing safety control measures and are a leading indicator of a positive safety culture.

This Safety Alert has been shared by one of our members to raise awareness of the importance of carbon monoxide poisoning preventive measures.

The Ports of Jersey, following the Marine Accident Investigation Branch(MAIB) Safety Bulletin published in October 2020, shared useful information on how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

Safety Alert


 The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide and how to guard against the effects of Carbon Monoxide poisoning

What are the Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

  • Symptoms will present themselves when Carbon Monoxide is inhaled in high concentrations which can be common in poorly ventilated areas;
  • The symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning can be similar to colds, flu or hangovers, headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, tiredness, confusion, stomach pain and shortness of breath.


What action do I take if I suffer the symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning?

  • As soon as any symptoms are experienced or seen in someone else, stop the source of fumes, get to the open air and seek medical attention;
  • If you are at sea and underway (and it is safe to do so) stop your engine, contact Jersey Coastguard and await assistance.

Suggested Use

Suggested use

Personnel: Please forward this alert on to colleagues in your port environment including management, supervisory, staff and the wider stakeholders including tenants/suppliers on the port estate.

Distribution: These can then be downloaded, printed and posted at various strategic locations such as workshops, notice boards, staff canteens, smoking areas etc to raise awareness about causes and preventive actions.

Discussions: This safety alert can be further utilised to facilitate safety discussions and stimulate employee safety leadership through toolbox talks, leadership 'Walk the talks' and hazard hunts, just to name a few.

More information can be found below

Special thanks to our member Ports of Jersey for sharing this alert with the rest of the industry.


Safety-Bulletin-02-of-2020-Carbon-Monoxide-poisoning (1) PDF (150.2 KB) Download (150.2 KB)
MAIB Safety Bulletin 2020-SB2-Diversion (two fatalities due to Carbon monoxide poisoning) PDF (696.17 KB) Download (696.17 KB)