Hydrogen Sulfide Health and Safety Dangers
The risk to health and safety posed by the presence of hydrogen sulfide gas is significant. It's a risk that all facilities owners should take very seriously. Our hydrogen sulfide consultants specialize in programs to protect the facilities owners, employees and patrons from the OSHA challenges presented by H2S. Best Management Practices, OSHA procedures, and the ability to remediate the actual levels of hydrogen sulfide on-site can all contribute to a safer workplace.
THE HEALTH AND SAFETY RISKS
H2S is a deadly gas, which in high enough concentrations can even kill in a single breath. Even at lower concentrations it can kill in minutes (it is as deadly as cyanide).
Worst of all, employees are needlessly killed in the workplace by hydrogen sulfide every year. You can read about many of the news items relating to H2S in the workplace here: H2S News. Tragically, many of the deaths are caused by failed rescue attempts of other workers who are unaware of the risks in the area they are trying to extricate them from.
The above highlights the essential need for facilities to take the issue of H2S very seriously indeed. Some of the factors to keep in mind include:
- There are very strict OSHA rules and procedures on protecting employees in environments where H2S may be present.
- Where those procedures are broken there is a risk of death or serious injury. Subsequent inquiries into incidents may impose criminal sanctions including fines and imprisonment. One company recently paid a half a million dollar fine for breaching health and safety procedures in relation to hydrogen sulfide gas after the death of an employee.
- If you have manhole covers on your site and ever open them, you need to be fully aware of all of the hydrogen sulfide risks and compliant with all OHSA safety standards (including H2S detection equipment, ventilation and, if necessary, respirators).
- H2S gas is associated with a 'rotten egg' or 'sewer gas' smell. However, that smell is only there at very low concentrations. At deadly concentrations it cannot be sensed at all, because it stops your sense of smell (olfactory receptors) from functioning.
- For obvious reasons, workplace health and safety incidents can bring significant media scrutiny, as well as employee representative action.
Our H2S experts can provide consultancy and a comprehensive solution to the prevention of hydrogen sulfide issues at your facilities. You can read more about our solutions here, and how we've already helped other facilities here.
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