The UK’s four main gas industry networks have joined forces to deliver this year’s carbon monoxide conference Knowledge is Power. Every year in the UK, 40 preventable deaths occur due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Knowledge is Power, hosted by The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM), aims to reduce this number to zero.
Following on from the unmitigated success of last year’s landmark Carbon Monoxide: Ignorance Can Be Fatal event, this year’s conference will bring together the ‘Big Four’ gas distribution firms alongside hundreds of industry stakeholders, from emergency service personnel to charity cam
Speaking on behalf of the Big Four, a spokesperson said: “Following the success of last year’s conference, we are delighted to join together as a group to deliver this year’s conference.
“Much progress has been made over the last 12 months and we look forward to sharing this with delegates, in addition to working together to tackle an element we are all passionate about – converting awareness to action.
“Through quality research, continued industry collaboration and openness to new innovation we believe we can really make a difference as we continue our efforts to stop the silent killer.”
Supported by the Carbon Monoxide All Actions Forum; the event takes place at the Queens Elizabeth Conference Centre II in London, on July 9th. It will highlight the latest research, education and innovation technology in the fight against CO poisoning.
Steve Miller, Chair of the CO All Fuels Action Forum, said: “The Forum was developed out of a desire to see more collaborative ways of acting on carbon monoxide poisoning. As such, we are really thrilled to be supporting IGEM and all the gas distribution networks to host a second national carbon monoxide conference.”
Fronting the conference will be Baroness Finlay, Barry Sheerman MP and industry representatives from Gas Safety Register, PHE, HETAS, EIC and many more.
The conference aims to meet the needs of every industry involved in the safe utilisation of fuels, from fire safety chiefs to medical professionals, scientists, community workers and housing groups, helping them to mitigate the risks of carbon monoxide now and in the future.
IGEM Technical Services Manager Keith Needham said: “Last year, our focus was to bring together for the first time all those in industry, supporting agencies, representatives from related organisations and charity groups to raise awareness of CO.
“A series of objectives were set following the conference that, when completed, would have a significant impact on deaths and injuries through CO poisoning.
“We in this country benefit from one of the safest gas networks in the world. Our behaviour towards the use of gas through our appliances and how these are maintained has to change. So this year we are demonstrating that knowledge really is power and that by equipping ourselves with the tools to keep homes and businesses safe, everyone has a role to play in preventing deaths and injuries from CO. It’s great to have the full backing of the four industry gas distribution networks on such an important issue.
“Every death or injury from carbon monoxide poisoning is 100 per cent preventable. Now is the time to spread this crucial message.”