10 things which make gases more dangerous than a raptor riding a shark with a machine gun!

Being safe around gases is a health and safety topic all of its own, but did you ever wonder why gases are considered so dangerous?  Here are ten good reasons;


1.  Gases don’t stay where you put them!  The biggest difference between a gas and a liquid is that a liquid (pretty muc...

09.04.20 09:29 AM - Comment(s)
No Room For Error

Since the introduction of the COSHH legislation in 1988 and the confined space regulations in 1998 it has become increasingly common for organisations to use portable personal multi-channel gas detectors to protect their people.  These devices should be configured to meet the specific gas risks...

03.03.20 03:18 AM - Comment(s)
Designing a detection system for ammonia

The very first gas detection system I ever specified, back in 1994, was for Morlands Brewery in Abingdon.  Long since closed now, they had a refrigeration plant and wanted to detect for ammonia around it.


Ammonia is commonly used as a refrigerant and poses some interesting questions when i...

19.02.20 02:41 PM - Comment(s)
Ten places you didn't expect to find carbon dioxide


Carbon dioxide is a colourless, odourless gas which is toxic and can have a damaging effect on health long before it would have displaced enough oxygen to asphyxiate someone.  It has a long-term workplace exposure limit of 5000 parts per million (0.5%).


Most people know that people b...

12.02.20 05:58 PM - Comment(s)
What do Eva Braun, Neil Armstrong and Frederick the Great have in common?

Hydrogen cyanide is a highly toxic material, which with a concentration in the range of 100–200 parts per million (ppm) in air, will kill a human within 10 to 60 minutes. A hydrogen cyanide concentration of 2000ppm will kill a human in about one minute.  When hydrogen cyanide enters the b...

15.10.19 03:01 PM - Comment(s)