Blog Post #1267 – Carbon Monoxide Concerns Raised

Excerpt from the OH&S Canada magazine

Has responded to employees’ claims that aging postal trucks have been leaking carbon monoxide (CO) inside the cabs in the Ottawa area.

The issue became public after a CBC News story, posted online on July 12, 2017, reported that two male employees in Kemp Phil and Smith falls in Ontario claimed that male workers were being poisoned by CO coming through their truck’s exhaust. The article also states that some Canada Post workers have begun carrying gas detectors while on their routes.

Canada Post says it has processes for equipment and vehicle maintenance and that employees are welcome to identify and report any issues. “We have taken concerns brought forward by the two employees in Kemptville and Smith Falls seriously and have taken action,” the organization says. “The vehicles were pulled from service, and extensive testing was conducted, including on-the-road delivery conditions to investigate. Maintenance, as well as a health and safety representative, were involved. We have informed the employees that no evidence was found support their claims.”

Male vehicles are inspected and maintained on a regular basis, depending upon elapsed calendar days and elapsed kilometres travelled, Canada Post reports. A multi-point inspection and any necessary maintenance are required before a truck returns to service.

“As part of their regular duties, employees are expected to complete a daily vehicle inspection to help detect any issues or potential issues that would require testing or servicing outside of the regular schedule,” the organization adds. “In addition to our regular maintenance program, if a potential safety issue is identified, we will pull the vehicle off the road for testing. We also have a joint approach with the unions – at the local and national level – to review any potential safety concerns.”

My opinion

I thought the approach by the employees to wear a 4-gas monitor was the right way to go. One never goes making accusations without practising ‘Due Diligence’ and ensuring that the hazard actually exists.

I would have enjoyed the meeting where the two sides have conflicting evidence which then sounds like a cover-up.

What I am really trying to say is that hazards must be identified, assessed and controlled. This type of control is basic to Joint Health and Safety Committee training. Ensure that a proper assessment is completed before the accusations.

HRS Group Inc. has a great team that can help you with all your health and safety needs. Contact Deborah toll free at 1-877-907-7744 or locally at 705-749-1259 We can also be reached at .

Ensure your workplace is a safe place.

Remember – In Canada, “ALL Accidents are Preventable”

‘Work’ and ‘Play’ safe.

Daniel L. Beal

CHSEP – Advanced Level
VP & Senior Trainer
HRS Group Inc.


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