OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, defines a confined space as having limited entry and exit points, that is large enough for workers to enter and not intended for regular occupancy. These could include drains, manholes, water mains, sewer systems, crawl spaces, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems and attics.
Wineries face a unique set of challenges when it comes to safeguarding workers from the potential harm caused by hazardous gases. Gas exposure has the potential to occur at every stage of the wine production process, from the moment that the grapes arrive at the winery facility, through to the fermentation and bottling activities. Care must be taken at each stage to ensure that workers are not exposed to unnecessary risk.
Flaring is the deliberate burning of natural gas when it is released as a byproduct during the extraction of oil. The high volume of underground oil extraction in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region means it accounts for 40% of all global flaring, with
50 billion cubic metres of gas flared annually in the region. In this whitepaper, we will take a closer look at the practice of flaring, including why and when it is used, the gases involved, the health risks, and the regulations and initiatives that are in place to reduce the negative impact of flaring around the world.
Protecting your workforce and working environment from the dangers of toxic and flammable gases is a key consideration for organisations in the oil and gas, water treatment and chemical sectors. The usage of fixed gas detectors is common within these industries due to their ability to suit the needs of specific fixed applications, usually those connected to a control and warning system.
Manufacturing any products on an industrial scale presents industry-specific hazards and risks. The food and beverage industry is no exception. Over the 2019/20 period, 2.8% of all non-fatal workplace injuries occurred in the food and beverage manufacturing industry. The food and beverage (F&B) industry includes the production process of edible and drinkable consumables from start to finish.
There is a need for flame detection in a variety of industries, including the oil and gas, chemical, petrochemical and waste management sectors, in which the risk of fire is widespread. Alongside understanding why flame detection is required, it is important to understand what the process of flame detection involves and how businesses in the sector can choose the correct technology for their environment that will safeguard the property, finances and people within it.
It is evident that volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are emitted as harmful gases, pose a significant risk to employee health and safety in the construction industry. Minimising the risk of harm due to dangerous gases is a problem that demands urgent attention.
Monitoring ethanol and CO2 levels with a reliable gas detection solution is crucial to maintaining the well-being of employees and customers in distilleries and breweries. Gas detection is also necessary during the transportation of carbonated drinks.
Ensuring safety from hazardous gases and materials has never been more important than within the harshness of mining environments. With potential hazards from carbon monoxide (CO), methane (CH4) and oxygen deficiency/enrichment, mining applications are rife with danger. With this in mind those working within them need to be suitably equipped to enter these spaces and work safely.
The farming and agriculture sector plays an irreplaceable role in our lives, reliably bringing an array of crops, fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat products to our tables and businesses every day. However, due to the processes involved, this industry is also confronted by regular toxic gas risks, which have unfortunately recently led to the deaths of some well-known public figures. As well as seeking to utilise less hazardous, alternative materials within farming and agricultural processes, it is down to those in the sector to implement reliable and robust monitoring and gas detection equipment to stay abreast of the gas levels in each environment.