26 May 1995

Detergent danger

PRODUCERS who wash forage harvesters with detergents risk carbon monoxide poisoning, warns the Health and Safety Executive.

Acid silage additives and alkali detergents react to produce poisonous carbon monoxide gas when machinery is washed for maintenance or repair.

To minimise the risks carry out an initial cold water wash and avoid hot water and de-greasing detergents, advises the HSE.