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Dangerous Ammonia Gas NH3

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Dangerous Ammonia Gas NH3

Almost every segment in the food and beverage industry has one thing in common, the need for refrigeration. Whether for quick freezing in spiral freezers or freezers, or simply continuous refrigeration of finished products, refrigeration units are used in a wide variety of applications throughout the industry. But it also means that refrigeration units are accompanied by a gas hazard - ammonia (NH3).

Ammonia is the primary refrigerant commonly used in commercial refrigeration equipment used in the food and beverage industry. Ammonia gas can leak and collect in the area around the freezer or refrigerator, and levels inside the unit can reach hazardous levels.

Ammonia can cause three major safety problems:

1. Contamination of refrigerated products
2. A certain concentration will cause health risks to workers

3. A certain concentration will cause fire or explosion

If you are exposed to high levels of ammonia, you can experience immediate irritation and burning in your eyes, nose, throat and respiratory tract. Inadvertent inhalation of high concentrations of ammonia can cause burns to the mouth or nose, lung damage, blindness, and even death. Exposure to ammonia at 300 PPM is an immediate health hazard and can result in death within 30 minutes.

The effects of an ammonia leak far outweigh the poisoning hazard it brings to workers. High concentrations of ammonia are extremely flammable, with a lower explosion limit of 15% by volume or 150,000 PPM. While exposure to these concentrations is immediately lethal, reaching such ammonia concentrations in an unknown area can be extremely harmful. If the concentration exceeds 15%, the contact of the ammonia gas with the ignition source will cause an explosion or fire with catastrophic consequences.

Whether it's contaminating cold-touch products or threatening the lives of workers entering a particular installation, safety is paramount and you need to understand the hazards of ammonia and monitor it accordingly. This means you need a detector with a suitable range for ammonia and flammable gases, helping you know exactly what precautions to take. If the personal ammonia gas monitoring detector exceeds the range and the ammonia gas content in the environment reaches its lower explosion limit, personal safety may not be guaranteed even if the self-contained breathing apparatus continues to work. Likewise, if the gas detector is equipped with only one flammable gas sensor, the detector will not be able to beep to warn even if ammonia reaches dangerous levels.

If the ammonia concentration exceeds the range of the personal gas detector, immediately stop all hot work, use a multi-gas detector with a combustible gas sensor, and verify that the ammonia concentration is below the lower explosion limit and that the concentration does not affect continued safe operation.

Whether your choice for ammonia detection is a single gas detector such as the #K60B or a fixed gas detector such as the #K800, it is important to ensure that the unit you choose provides the proper protection for your work environment.

K60B Portable Ammonia NH3 Gas Detector

K800 Fixed Ammonia NH3 Gas Detector

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