Carbon monoxide exposure from aircraft fueling vehicels

Charles S. McCammon, William F. Halperin, Richard A. Lemen

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Investigators from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health observed deficiencies in maintenance of fueling trucks at an international airport. The exhaust system is vented under the front bumper, a standard design on fueling trucks which is intended to minimize the proximity of the exhaust system to the jet fuel in the vehicles. Carbon monoxide levels were measured in the cabs of 17 fueling trucks with windows closed, heaters on, and in different positions relative to the wind. One truck had an average CO level of 300 ppm, two exceeded 100 ppm, five others exceeded 50 ppm, while levels in the other nine averaged=500 ppm. Levels of CO depended on the mechanical condition of the vehicle and the vehicle’s orientation to the wind. Stringent maintenance is required as the exhaust design is not failsafe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-138
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Environmental Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1981
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Environmental Science
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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