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The Journal for Employee Protection
The Journal for Employee Protection
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A CO2 portable gas detector could help to keep workers safe while working with CO2. In this article, different detectors will be outlined to help users make the right choice. Carbon dioxide has exposure limits which are stated by the UK government in multiple documents, most notably BB101 and EH40.
This means you will
require gas detection if you are working with CO2, to ensure you are
not being exposed to harmful levels. This verifies that the user is compliant
with COSHH regulations and so, The Health and Safety at Work Act. This could be
in the form of fixed detection, a portable detector, or a combination of both.
Typically, where it
would not be practical to install a fixed gas detection system, portables are
the correct choice. Examples could be, but are not limited to:
Portable Gas Detector Choices
portable to “tick the box” detector is easy, but this can be done without
properly considering what is required. CO2 gas detectors that measure
at percentage levels, normally 0-5 % v/v, are extremely common. In reality,
these are not sensitive enough to supply sufficient protection and early alarm
When utilizing a
portable gas detector, the key is to remember the device is only measuring the
gas concentration near to its location, which is with the user. Some areas will
already be at a higher CO2 concentration if the room has a
gas escape. This means the user could already be at a toxic, and even fatal,
The higher the
range of the gas detector, the more insensitive it is to identifying gas leaks.
This means it will take more time to respond and start the alarm. This is where
a more sensitive 0-5000 ppm level detector supplies better
protection by alarming at a much lower level.
This also means
that, for the ppm level detector to alarm, the user does not need to be near to
the high concentration gas leak. CO2 is classed as a toxic gas, so
even relatively low concentrations can be sufficient to cause toxic and/or
narcotic effects, with potentially fatal results. This is one of the reasons a
0-5000 ppm CO2 detector is crucial to your personnel safety.
In this instance,
the more sensitive detector will alarm much quicker and well before a hazardous
level is reached, as can be observed in the graphic. The 0-5000 ppm detector
alarms well before entering a high concentration CO2 area. In
extreme cases, only a few breaths are needed to render a person unconscious at
high gas concentrations.
IGD’s CO2 Portable Gas Detector Solution
IGD’s CO2-CHUM utilizes a
PPM range for better sensitivity to ensure optimum protection. Utilizing the
latest infra-red technology combined with in-vehicle USB charging and long
battery life, the CO2-CHUM is the perfect choice for CO2 portable
Key Features at a Glance
For more information, please visit www.internationalgasdetectors.com
International Gas Detectors (IGD) develops, manufacture and market a complete range of gas detection products to protect people and plant against gas hazards in industry, research and commercial applications.
IGD have been specialists in gas detection technology for over 90 years, since the company’s establishment in 1917. Our Gas Monitoring products, which can be found worldwide, are manufactured in the UK to ensure that the highest quality is achieved.
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