When it comes to health and safety, one simple yet important step to take is monitoring for potentially dangerous gasses. Gas leaks and buildups can present hazards in homes, work places, and public spaces, making it important for everyone to be aware and involved. Hydrogen sulfide, or h2s gas, can have major or minor health effects, depending on the concentration, making it important to monitor gas levels in the area. Read on to learn about hydrogen sulfide, h2s gas detectors, and what you can do to prevent health problems due to gas exposure.
Hydrogen sulfide gas is colorless and has the typical “rotten eggs” smell of sulfur. It occurs naturally with petroleum and natural gas, and the breakdown human waste, animal waste, and organic matter can also produce it. It is extremely flammable and dangerous, so it is essential to avoid exposure. In low concentrations, h2s gas can cause irritation of the respiratory system (lungs, throat, nose, and mouth) and eyes, especially in people with asthma. In moderate concentrations, it causes further irritation of the respiratory system and eyes as well as coughing, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and dizziness. In high concentrations, it can rapidly cause extreme problems like shock, convulsions, inability to breathe, coma, and even death.
Testing and Detection
Fortunately, there are options available to detect and monitor h2s levels and warn of potential danger. From fixed, professional grade monitors to smaller, portable units, you can find a detection system that works best for your needs. Some things to keep in mind as you shop for the perfect h2s gas detector are detection range area, sensitivity to gas concentrations, power consumption and cost of use, cost of replacement parts and maintenance, portability needs, run time, and space constraints. A lab or factory will have different needs than a warehouse or automotive facility, and is important to find a unit that will keep your space safe.
What to Do if H2S Gas Is Detected
If hydrogen sulfide gas is detected, the space should be ventilated and protective breathing measures and personal protective equipment should be used until the gas can be removed. A proper h2s gas detector will alert you to potential problems, and they should be taken seriously and run by someone with the proper qualifications. If over 100 ppm (parts per million) are detected, the atmosphere is considered dangerous to life and health, and self-contained breathing apparatus use is required.