H2S is nothing to trifle with.
Commonly known as sweet gas or H2S, hydrogen sulfide is actually one of the most unsweet and deadly naturally occurring organic compounds known to man.
This toxic gas is found commonly in the natural gas and oil sectors, which is why it is becoming increasingly important that industries utilize the technology available to them in order to improve lone worker safety for employees in those environments.
When it comes to oil and natural gas, there are going to be instances where lone workers will have to venture off into secluded, remote areas. When that’s the case, it can be a frightening endeavor — due largely in part to the looming potential presence of hydrogen sulfide.
Fortunately, there are things that can be done. With the G7 portable wireless gas detector, lone worker safety is improved tenfold.
The G7 delivers as the best, most accurate, and most effective H2S monitor while also being portable, wireless, and completely customizable to your company’s specific needs. Keep reading to learn the dangers of H2S and why your company could benefit from the G7.
Dangers Of H2S
Hydrogen sulfide, as was indicated above, is a highly deadly natural gas. It is created essentially through the absence of oxygen when organic matter is being broken down. That’s why H2S is commonly found in natural gas pipelines, oil refineries, landfills, sewage treatment facilities, and manure storage facilities.
Often times, lone workers will be subjected to confined spaces where there is a lack of oxygen, and therefore be put at risk for H2S inhalation.
H2S is often notorious for its odor, which resembles the smell of rotten eggs. However, the smell is usually only noticeable when low concentrations are found. What makes H2S even more dangerous is that exposure to high concentrations can typically happen without warning — and high H2S exposure can incapacitate a human in a matter of seconds.
Don’t be mistaken, even low trace amounts of H2S can be hazardous. Some common side effects or symptoms of exposure include:
- Eye and airway irritation
- Severe breathing difficulty
- Pulmonary edema
Hydrogen sulfide goes to work in a matter of instants, often rendering the exposed victim unconscious within 10 seconds. If the worker is not rescued or removed from exposure, there is a high likelihood of death within a matter of minutes.
This brings us back to the importance of lone worker safety.
Safety Scan is proud to be the leading distributor of the world’s best H2S gas monitor — the G7. This portable wireless gas detector limits risk and saves lives through a variety of safety features.
With real-time gas monitoring configuration, two-way wireless communication, text messaging, and a constant connection to a live safety monitoring support team, the G7 eliminates the guesswork involved with gas monitoring and provides lone worker safety and unparalleled peace of mind.
In the event of a gas leak, fall, or even no-motion incident, the G7 will know in an instant. It will then send an alert to the safety response team, which will enact the proper evacuation protocols and pinpoint the exact location of the downed worker. All of this happens within a matter of minutes, which can be all the difference between life and death.
Contact Safety Scan to learn more or request a free demonstration.