Gas Fact Sheets: Understanding different gases and the detection capabilities

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Rockall Safety will be releasing Gas Fact Sheets every Monday and Wednesday over the next month. Each of these sheets will provide readers with a complete understanding of various gases, including how they are produced, where they are commonly found, related health hazards, and crucially, the methods used to detect each gas.

From light and flammable to heavy and toxic, We’ll explore the unique properties and potential hazards of various gases you might encounter. But that’s not all! We’ll also equip you with the knowledge to detect these gases, keeping you safe and informed.

Upcoming Fact Sheets:

  1. Ammonia
  2. Ammonia has a wide variety of uses. It is a major component of fertilisers, and it is also used in the production of plastics, and textiles, and can also be used as a fuel source.
  3. Hydrogen
  4. Due to its high reactivity, hydrogen is being explored as a clean-burning fuel. When used in a fuel cell, it produces only water vapour as a byproduct, making it an attractive option for reducing emissions.
  5. Carbon Monoxide
  6. Often shortened as CO, is a harmful gas known as the “silent killer”.
  7. Chlorine
  8. While this gas plays a vital role in infection control, elemental chlorine gas can be very harmful if inhaled.
  9. Carbon Dioxide
  10. The burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil, and natural gas is the primary source of human-produced CO₂ emissions.
  11. Sulphur Dioxide
  12. Sulphur dioxide has no colour and a pungent, irritating odour, often described as smelling like burning matches. It readily dissolves in water.
  13. Hydrogen Cyanide
  14. Hydrogen cyanide can be a liquid with no colour or a gas with a faint bitter almond odour, although some people cannot detect this scent. It’s volatile, meaning it readily evaporates into the air.
  15. Hydrogen Sulphide
  16. Despite being another common gas with no colour, hydrogen sulphide is known for its rotten egg smell. However, it is worth noting that this strong odour serves as a warning.
  17. Methane
  18. It’s the primary component of natural gas, a widely used fuel for electricity generation, heating, and cooking.
  19. Ozone
  20. Understanding the different roles of ozone in the air is crucial. Stratospheric ozone safeguards life by filtering harmful UV rays, while ground-level ozone is a harmful air pollutant.
  21. Phosphine
  22. Used primarily as a fumigant to control insects and rodents in stored grain and tobacco products. However, its high toxicity needs careful handling.

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Over the next few weeks, this page will provide access to our full range of Gas Fact Sheets, offering helpful insights into gas effects and detection methods.

Also, you can explore our wide range of fixed and portable gas detection equipment and spares directly on our website: Rockall Safety | Gas Detector & Safety Equipment Specialists!


Written by Rhys Redrup

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