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Poisonous Gas Exposures & Commercial Landlord Responsiblity

Staying safe from toxic gases on the manufacturing floor

The presence of toxic gas in a manufacturing environment is especially dangerous because the substances often exist in a confined space with limited escape paths. Workers on the manufacturing floor have the potential for exposure to many kinds of toxic gases, so it is important to recognise warning signs to some of the most common types so you can act quickly if you suspect exposure.


Did You Know?

The world’s worst industrial catastrophe was a toxic gas leak in India. In 1984, the Bhopal disaster exposed more than 500,000 people to poisonous gas, killing between 3,000 and 10,000 workers and residents. In searching for the cause, experts discovered that a pesticide manufacturing plant had been leaking methyl isocyanate gas as well as other harmful toxins into the air and into the surrounding groundwater.


Poisonous gases can arise as a part of the production process, as a by-product during storage, or from maintenance and other confined space operations. While engineering controls exist in the plant to prevent against exposure, you should become familiar with the basics. Read about the following common toxic gases in the workplace, and notify your supervisor or manager if you suspect unsafe conditions or are experiencing any of the tell-tale symptoms.


Hydrogen Sulphide

  • Sources include pulp and paper manufacturing, rayon textile production, chemical and food manufacturing and waste disposal.
  • Low-concentration, short-term exposure symptoms include eye, nose and throat irritation, nausea, dizziness, difficulty breathing and headaches.
  • High-concentration, short-term symptoms are muscle cramps, low blood pressure, slow breathing and loss of consciousness.


Carbon Monoxide

  • It is present during any manufacturing process involving the burning of carbon-based fuels like gas and wood as well as in the meatpacking and chemical manufacturing industries.
  • The gas is colourless, odourless, tasteless and non-irritating, so the only warning signs may be headaches, vertigo or flu-like symptoms.



  • There are many types of solvents, but common examples include paint strippers and degreasers.
  • Fumes affect the central nervous system, inducing dizziness, drowsiness, the inability to concentrate, confusion and headaches.
  • As with any workplace hazard, always be sure to wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent toxic gas exposure. With poisonous gases, you might not realise you are in danger until it is too late.

Letting commercial properties: what are landlord’s responsibilities?

A commercial property landlord responsibilities will differ from those associated with renting out residential property.  Both types of landlords should know and understand their responsibilities consists of and what to do in circumstances where they are not able to fulfill those responsibilities.

Gas and electricity

As a commercial or residential landlord, the gas and electrical safety will usually be your responsibility. You will need to ensure that a UK registered gas safe engineer and an electrical safety engineer inspect the property on a regular basis.  They would normally issue a certificate of inspection with dates and will include any word that needs doing to pass.

However, any gas appliances or electrical items supplied by the tenant will be their responsibility.

If you are a commercial landlord or a residential landlord and need a quote for landlord insurance, contact us on 01204 392 525 or email us at Quote@arkwrightinsurance.co.uk and we will do our best to find you the right policy at a fair premium