The Gas Safety Trust yesterday (Thursday 29 January 2015) launched its new carbon monoxide (CO) portal (www.coportal.org) at an event held at the Science Museum in London.
The Portal has been created to host and signpost data and information relating to carbon monoxide in the UK as recommended in the 2011 All Party Parliamentary Gas Safety Group report ‘Preventing Carbon Monoxide’.
The Portal has three main sections Legislation and Standards, which include information on regulations, standards, guidance and codes of practice, Academic References which is a searchable reference library of academic papers relating to CO and Data and Documents which contains reports and other general information on CO.
The Gas Safety Trust is pleased to be launching the first phase of our CO Portal project. Providing access to CO related information and data is an essential component of our strategy to improve knowledge and understanding of CO in the UK. We are delighted to invite researchers, academics and other interested parties to make use of this resource and look forward to developing Phase 2, a data collection exercise in the coming months.Gas Safety Trust Chairman Chris Bielby
Comprehensive and easily-accessible data and information on carbon monoxide are vital pieces of the poisoning prevention puzzle. I welcome the launch of the Gas Safety Trust’s CO Portal which delivers on key recommendations made in the APPCOG’s 2011 and 2015 parliamentary inquiries. Given the often fragmented and disparate nature of where information related to carbon monoxide is held, the CO Portal is an important step forward in improving knowledge and understanding of this deadly gas and in improving our poisoning prevention activities.Baroness Finlay, Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group
Good data is an essential foundation for understanding how CO can endanger our health. This Portal is a first and equally essential step towards good, solid and trusted data. It will provide both researchers and the public with a ‘leg up’ in their process of understanding CO.Roland Wessling, Project Director of Cranfield University’s CO+ Impact Study