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IGEM to hold free conference on CO poisoning

The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers has joined gas distribution network Wales & West Utilities and the Carbon Monoxide All Fuels Action Forum to host a free one-day conference aimed at helping avoid unnecessary deaths and hospital admissions caused by carbon monoxide poisoning.

Taking place at Pride Park Stadium, Derby, on 11 July 2013, the conference will bring experts from various industries together to provide the facts and latest research findings on CO poisoning, with Q&A sessions to bolster learning and dispel myths.

Themed breakout sessions will enable attendees to share their views and collaborate with other individuals to recommend ways to raise overall awareness across all industries, improve CO detection and the technologies available which can help prevent CO poisoning.

The event is aimed at solid fuel industries, emergency response services, healthcare and educational professionals, local authorities, housing associations, caravan parks and private landlords.

Speakers include Barry Shearman MP, Baroness Finley and industry representatives from Gas Safety Trust, CogDEM, Corgi and Co+ Savi Group.

IGEM head of technical services Peter Hardy said: “The purpose of the conference is to identify and agree new actions to eliminate deaths from accidental CO poisoning, the leading cause of accidental poisoning in the UK and wider developed world.

“Our priority is to highlight and tackle the wide array of circumstances which lead to tragedies, for instance all fossil fuels appliances must be safely installed and maintained to avoid tragedies.”

It is estimated that CO poisoning still kills around 50 people each year with a further 1,100 recorded cases of admissions to hospital. The real figures are likely to be significantly higher, since awareness levels and detection rates remain relatively low.

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