Our thoughts about Domestic CO2 Safety

We at LogiCO2 consider it to be horrendous that the EC does not follow up on its own directives in the issue of protecting its citizens from dangerous exposure of CO2, leading to unnecessary deaths.

There is an EC directive… that clearly states that a person is not allowed to be exposed to a ambient air exceeding 5000 ppm of CO2 (TWA) over 8 hours within a workplace. Since a CO2 level over this threshold has been clearly defined as harmful to the health and dangerous by the EC Scientific Committee; therefore the Directive.   

If on the other hand the same person stays in a home or is a house wife taking care of small children, where kerosene/propane or biofuel heaters are used to heat the house, because the CO2 that is produced by the heaters is let directly into the surrounding air (an estimated 25% of Southern Europe uses this method to heat the houses) that person/persons will most probably be exposed to CO2 levels exceeding the industrial DIRECTIVE 2006/15/EC of 7 February 2006.

This means that the health of the individual as well as the children is clearly put to jeopardy!

In tests carried out by the French National Laboratory (LNE) it has also been clearly established that at about 8000 ppm CO2 in the surrounding air, the heaters, due to inefficient combustion affected by CO2, starts to produce CO (a gas that is extremely toxic to humans and causes death within minutes.)

As a reaction to these conclusions French Authorities implemented that mandatory CO2 safety systems are to be fitted to all new Kerosene household heaters. But there is still an estimated 10 million old heaters in France alone, without any CO2 safety system, and then there is the rest of Europe... In the EC directive of 2001/95/EC it clearly states (paragraph 13) that ….

" If the Commission becomes aware of a serious risk from certain products to the health and safety of consumers in various Member States, it may, after consulting the Member States, and, if scientific questions arise which fall within the competence of a Community Scientific Committee, the Scientific Committee competent to deal with the risk concerned, adopt a decision in the light of the result of those consultations, in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 15(2), requiring Member States to take measures from among those listed in Article 8(1)(b) to (f) if, at one and the same time:

a) it emerges from prior consultations with the Member States that they differ significantly on the approach adopted or to be adopted to deal with the risk; and

(b) the risk cannot be dealt with, in view of the nature of the safety issue posed by the product, in a manner compatible with the degree of urgency of the case, under other procedures laid down by the specific Community legislation applicable to the products concerned; and

(c) the risk can be eliminated effectively only by adopting appropriate measures applicable at Community level, in order to ensure a consistent and high level of protection of the health and safety of consumers and the proper functioning of the internal market.

2. The decisions referred to in paragraph 1 shall be valid for a period not exceeding one year and may be confirmed, under the same procedure, for additional periods none of which shall exceed one year. However, decisions concerning specific, individually identified products or batches of products shall be valid without a time limit.

3. Export from the Community of dangerous products which have been the subject of a decision referred to in
paragraph 1 shall be prohibited unless the decision provides other- wise.

4. Member States shall take all necessary measures to implement the decisions referred to in paragraph
1 within less than 20 days, unless a different period is specified in those decisions.

5. The competent authorities responsible for carrying out the measures referred to in paragraph 1 shall,
within one month, give the parties concerned an opportunity to submit their views and shall inform the
Commission accordingly."

Representatives from LogiCO2 have on several occasions informed the EC of this very real threat to citizens of the EC. Many incidents with lethal outcome occur continuously all over Europe, but no one at the appropriate department is willing to look in to it further….

Sadly, this means that it is just a matter of time until the next unnecessary death.

Why do we make these rules if they are not to be followed when there are perfectly good solutions to the issue?

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