If an ammonia leak occurs in a building, those who are nearby will find themselves distressed. From having trouble breathing to experiencing memory issues and confusion, these and other problems can become life-threatening if the ammonia leak is not quickly stopped. Since almost all industrial facilities have ammonia on their premises, it is increasingly important to have detection systems in place that can alert employees that an ammonia leak is underway in their area. As systems have become more sophisticated in recent years thanks to advanced electronics and programming, the road to safe ammonia detection has become much safer as well as more efficient.
With today’s advanced electronics, ammonia gas detectors are now able to detect extremely small traces of ammonia that may be present in the air. Even in very harsh work environments, these detection systems can detect traces of ammonia at a rate that is 10,000 times more effective than detectors of the past. Due to this ability, it is now possible to use these ammonia leak detection systems in almost any type of industrial building, laboratory, or other setting where the threat of an ammonia leak looms large.
When an ammonia leak occurs, it most often happens in confined space areas where equipment breaks down or malfunctions. As a result, it is very difficult to ensure these leaks are detected in a quick manner. Because of this, employees who need to be in these areas repairing or replacing equipment are put into situations that may be unnecessarily dangerous. To keep this from happening, facilities make sure engineers and technicians who need to be working in these areas are given portable ammonia detection system monitors. Small enough to be clipped to belts, the monitors can be used to transmit real-time information to monitoring personnel both on and off-site, enabling engineers to analyze data and make recommendations regarding equipment repairs and inspections. Also, should conditions warrant, safety personnel can be alerted to begin evacuations if the need arises.
Inspect Pipes and Valves
Along with equipment malfunctions, many ammonia leaks happen when pipes and valves that have not been properly inspected and maintained begin to corrode and rust. Rather than let this happen, companies are now learning it is far more effective to install ammonia detection alarm systems near all pipes and valves. By doing so, two things are accomplished. First, employees are kept safer, since ammonia leaks can be detected much quicker than before. Second, companies can save thousands of dollars in repairs, since small leaks can be detected and technicians can implement preventive measures to help avoid larger repairs that may cost thousands of dollars and lead to production slowdowns or shutdowns.
Due to the many dangers associated with ammonia leaks, companies now make detection of these leaks one of their biggest goals within an industrial safety program. If you need to learn more about how these detection systems can help your company, visit www.gdscorp.com or speak to an Applications Engineer by calling 409-927-2980.