How To Identify And Deal With Toxic Gas Leaks For Businesses

Every company should have a policy to deal with a fire and it’s a well-publicised requirement that you should have a fire alarm in place and a clearly defined drill for dealing with cases of it going off. What’s easier to overlook though is gas leaks and how your company is going to respond in case of those. Thinking about gas leaks though is actually just as important for any business and in fact in many ways a gas leak can actually be more dangerous owing to the fact that it can be hard to spot and more difficult to escape. Here then we will look at the best policies and safety measures to have in place that can help you to avoid a disaster.

Detectors

The first thing you need to do is to ensure that you have detectors and alarms that can alert you to a potential gas leak. This is something that won’t be picked up by a smoke alarm, so you need to ensure that you have a separate and specific unit to check for gas.

In most businesses this means a carbon monoxide detector which is something that any property is at risk of if it uses gas installations for heating or cooking. Carbon monoxide is invisible and odourless, but can cause a range of symptoms ultimately resulting in death if it goes unnoticed – so make sure that you have a monitor to help you spot problems early on.

Other businesses meanwhile may work with specific gasses that need particular detectors. If your company works with any kind of toxic gas for instance, then it’s highly important to make sure that you have a detector in place that can inform you of a potential leak.

A detector though of course is only going to be of any use assuming that it works, and seeing as they’re so important for your safety, it’s highly important to make sure that you maintain yours regularly and keep checking them to ensure that they’re in good working order. Schedule a regular check and make sure that you keep the batteries topped up. At the same time, having more than one detector in the same room is a good system to ensure you have a backup. That way if one fails to detect the gas, the other will be there as a safety net to prevent a crisis.

Drills and Instruction

It’s also important to make sure that you have a drill so that your staff know what to do in case of a leak. This will usually involve evacuating the area and then calling the relevant services for help. Make sure that this is a drill that you rehearse regularly to ensure that everyone is able to leave quickly in an orderly fashion without incident and that you are able to account for everyone. Having a safety officer in your office whose job it is to oversee this process is also a useful way to avoid problems and to help the process go smoothly.

Also useful is to ensure that your staff are trained to recognise the symptoms of a gas leak so that they know when something is wrong even without the alarm going off. First aid training is likewise very important so that they know how to help colleagues who are affected by the gasses. Other important safety instructions could also involve avoiding sparks and light switches, or turning off certain equipment before vacating the premises. Make sure that every member of your staff knows their roles and has practiced them thoroughly so that they are able to act efficiently and quickly in a crisis.

Equipment

Finally, you also need to ensure that your equipment is in good working order to begin with. Often a leak in your equipment will be due to avoidable faults that come from negligence or age. Invest in the best quality equipment and machinery, maintain it regularly (regular maintenance is important even if there aren’t any problems currently), and replace it when necessary.

Take all these precautions and you should be prepared in case of a leak, while having also minimised the probability of needing to deal with one in the first place.

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The author of this post, Nancy Baker, is an employee at Aquip Systems which provides ultrasonic flow meters on rent. She enjoys her job and she indulges in baking her favorite cakes when she isn’t busy with work.

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