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I've been working in a this automotive guarage for about one year. Being in a colder climate the doors are mostly closed. There are four mechanics and parts sale people ect in the building. We have proper ventilation setup in the garage for expelling the co emissions. The problem I am having is the other mechanics don't vent the co out the door. They believe running the for a few minutes at a time is fine. To some people it might seem fine. Running a cold vehicle (producing more c0 cats aren't warmed yet) in a garage unveted many times per day build up to a crazy amount of pollution, not to mention the disal trucks. There is no air care where we are, and most vehicle runs terrible. My question is it possible to have wbc do a "random anonymous check" without me being the "squealer". Like I said no one seems to see the problem with running these vehicles in the shop unvented with the doors closed, but is a serious safety problem that needs to be delt with, without me loosing my job. Thank you  
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I can emphasis with you. I worked in a magazine delivery factory, the trucks would drive into the bay and the garage doors would be closed in the winter to keep warm. The other workers were concerned but not willing to do anything about it. I had a second form of income so I was able to speak up at the time, and I had suffered from carbon monoxide previously so my lungs are important to me. I consulted health and safety in Ontario were I was working. There were no over night changes but change did take place. I elected to change work places before damage to my lungs took place. Talk to your co-workers. Suggest to open the doors even a little. Tell them it is causing you to have concerns, perhaps they are unaware of the repercussions. Of course from reading your blurb you probably have talked with them, but did you raise awareness. Try again, ask them what is the big deal to just follow protocol and use the venting system as provided. Be honest and friendly. If you have done this and are worried about you job, find away to get someone else to perhaps to tell authorities on your behalf. I asked a friend to report the asbestos in my work place as my manager is trying to and is finding ways to get me out the door. I am presently on sick-leave.
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Surely under LEV regulations the co should be vented out of the building ??
The company should have a positive Health and Safety Management Program and the Risk Assessment for this matter should be ensuring all the "bad" air is vented and replaced by "good"
Excessive CO can lead to headaches, vertigo, and flu-like effects; larger exposures can lead to significant toxicity of the central nervous system and heart, and even death. Chronic exposure to low levels of carbon monoxide can lead to depression, confusion, and memory loss.

It should not be left to an employee to decide when to "open the doors" and a positive policy should be robustly enforced.
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