If you are working on an offshore drilling platform, wastewater treatment plant, a natural gas pipeline, or medical research lab, you are in close proximity to H2S, better known as hydrogen sulfide. Considered the most dangerous gas in the workplace, H2S is not only poisonous, but also colorless, flammable, and corrosive. Due to the dangers associated with it, workers are strongly encouraged to always wear H2S gas monitors whenever they are on the job. However, since this dangerous gas can be found in so many different work environments, it may be hard to know exactly where a monitor should be worn. If you have questions about this, here are some places where these monitors should always be worn.

Confined Spaces

In almost any laboratory or industrial facility, there are many confined spaces that are used for storing chemicals, installing equipment, and many other things. As a result, workers from various departments may be in these areas over the course of a workday. However, many of them are probably unaware confined spaces are extremely hard to monitor for hydrogen sulfide. As a result, there are many cases of workers being exposed to dangerous levels of H2S. When this happens, the results can include difficulty breathing, convulsions, unconsciousness, and even death. Because of this, all workers in confined spaces should always were hydrogen sulfide gas detectors to stay safe.

Warehouses

Along with confined spaces, warehouses are also some of the most difficult places to reliably monitor for dangerous levels of hydrogen sulfide. Since warehouses are generally located in isolated areas of an industrial complex and usually have only a few employees there at any given time, an undetected buildup of hydrogen sulfide can become deadly before anyone ever notices. Therefore, warehouse employees and others who will be in these buildings should be required to wear portable H2S monitors. Small and able to be clipped to clothing, these monitors can transmit real-time data to engineers, ensuring everyone’s safety.

Laboratories

Whether it is a medical research lab or an industrial lab where products are being designed and tested, the danger of hydrogen sulfide still lingers. In virtually any lab setting, various types of chemicals and other dangerous substances are nearby. As a result, the chances of a hydrogen sulfide gas buildup is greatly enhanced. Just as it is with warehouses and confined spaces, laboratories are often set apart from other parts of a facility, making them difficult to safely monitor. Instead of taking chances with scientists and others working in these areas, it is recommended all personnel as well as visitors wear H2S gas detectors as a precautionary measure.

Since a number of factors come into play regarding how H2S will affect a person who has been exposed, it is crucial proper monitoring equipment be worn in any setting where H2S exposure is a risk. If you need additional information about the effectiveness and features of hydrogen sulfide sensors, fill out a contact form at www.gdscorp.com or call an Applications Engineer today at 409-927-2980.