Hydrogen Sulfide

Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) is a highly toxic, flammable gas used in a number of industries, such as oil and gas refining, mining, tanning, pulp and paper processing.

What is Hydrogen Sulfide?

Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) is a gas commonly found during the drilling and production of crude oil and natural gas, plus in wastewater treatment and utility facilities and sewers. Flammable, poisonous and corrosive, H2S gas has a characteristic odor of rotten eggs.

Hydrogen Sulfide irritates mucous membranes and the respiratory tract and following exposure, symptoms may include a headache, nausea, convulsions, eye and skin irritation. Injury to the central nervous system can be immediate and serious and at high concentrations, only a few breaths are needed to induce unconsciousness, coma, respiratory paralysis, seizures, or even death.

Hydrogen Sulfide monitoring

With toxicity similar to carbon monoxide, which prevents cellular respiration, Hydrogen Sulfide monitoring and early detection is vital. Exposure to high levels can deaden the sense of smell instantly, therefore smell is not a dependable indicator of the presence of H2S gas or for indicating increasing concentrations of the gas.

ATi’s range of industry-leading Gas Detection solutions are designed to measure a wide variety of toxic and combustible gases in hazardous locations. Each of our fixed or portable detectors can be designed as stand-alone units or multipoint systems. Utilizing ATi’s unique smart sensor technology, our gas detectors can go from Hydrogen Sulfide monitoring to Oxygen measurement in less than a minute, sounding an alarm if they reach dangerous levels.

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