Carbon Monoxide (CO) is highly toxic gas that can be produced in the home by poorly installed, maintained and ventilated gas and fuel burning appliances.
It is a colourless, odourless and tasteless gas which can kill or cause serious harm to your health. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which is the body responsible for workplace health and safety, recommends the use of audible carbon monoxide alarms.
Discount Fire Supplies have recently added 2 new Carbon Monoxide Alarms that are ideal for home-owners, landlords and caravans, that are;
- Safe – BSI Approved
- Portable – install them at home or take them on holiday with you
- Audible – 85dB alarm at 1 metre (3 feet)
- Battery Operated
View our range of Carbon Monoxide Detectors
The Executive’s duties are to:
- Assist and encourage persons concerned with matters relevant to the operation of the objectives of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
- Make arrangements for and encourage research and publication, training and information in connection with its work.
- Make arrangements for securing government departments, employers, employees, their respective representative organisations, and other persons are provided with an information and advisory service and are kept informed of, and adequately advised on such matters.
- Propose regulations.
The Executive is further obliged to keep the Secretary of State informed of its plans and ensure alignment with the policies of the Secretary of State, giving effect to any directions given to it. The Secretary of State can give directions to the Executive.
 Structure and responsibilities
Local authorities are responsible for the enforcement of health and safety legislation in shops, offices, and other parts of the service sector.
Agencies belonging to the HSE include
 Explosives Inspectorate
HSE’s Explosives Inspectorate enforces the legislation for the classification and transport of explosives. It licenses manufacturing and larger storage sites.
 The Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL)
Based in Buxton, Derbyshire, it employs over 350 people including scientists, engineers, psychologists, social scientists, health professionals and technical specialists. The services they provide include:
- Research and development
- Specialist advice and consultancy
- Forensic investigation into the causes of accidents
- Environmental and biological monitoring
- Assessment of levels of risk and investigation of their control
- Establishing realistic requirements for standards, and processes for meeting those standards
- Validation and certification
 Recent initiatives
In October 2006, the HSE launched its Better Backs campaign, using a fictional rock band (Bäackpain) in a series of humorous adverts, to help tackle problems caused by back pain in the UK.
The HSE focuses regulation of health and safety in the following sectors of industry:
- Air transport
- Armed forces
- Catering and hospitality
- Construction industries
- Crown establishments
- Chemical manufacture and storage industries
- Professional diving
- Education sector e.g. schools
- Engineering sector
- Entertainment and leisure industry
- Fire service
- Food and drink manufacture
- Footwear and leather industries
- Health Services e.g. hospitals
- Gas supply and installation; Gas Safe Register
- Laundries and dry-cleaning
- Motor vehicle repair
- Nuclear installations; Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (aka NII)
- Office work
- Offshore Oil and Gas Installations
- Paper and board manufacturing industry
- Police force
- Printing industries
- Public services
- The quarry industry
- Recycling and waste management industries
- Textiles industries
- ^ Department for Work and Pensions (1 April 2008). “Health and Safety Commission and Health and Safety Executive merge to form a single regulatory body”. http://www.dwp.gov.uk/mediacentre/pressreleases/2008/apr/emp070-010408.asp. Retrieved 2008-04-06.
- ^ Legislative Reform (Health and Safety Executive) Order 2008, SI 2008/960
- ^ Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, s.11(2)
- ^ Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, s.11(3)
- ^ Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, s.12
- ^ Railways Act 2005, ss.2, 60/ Sch.3 para.3(1)(b)(2); Railways Act 2005 (Commencement No.5) Order 2006, SI 2006/266, art.2(2), Sch.
- ^ Health and Safety Executive (2000) The Employment Medical Advisory Service and You, HSE5(rev1) 07/00 C200