There are many types of laboratories including, without limitation, diagnostic, research, and industrial labs. Each type of laboratory has different safety requirements based on its particular specialty in various segments of science, medicine, and industry. Depending upon the lab specialty, hazardous materials such as poisons, infectious materials, radioactive elements, and/or compressed gases may be present.
Compressed gases, most commonly argon, nitrogen, and oxygen, are widely used in laboratories. For instance, liquid nitrogen may be used in a diagnostic lab to preserve specimen samples by freezing them with nitrogen’s extreme cold temperature. While compressed gases are safe when properly used and stored, improper handling or usage can cause a leak, which could be hazardous to laboratory personnel and, possibly, cause an explosion.
A gas leak may occur if a cylinder of gas is improperly stored or a tank becomes damaged in transit. Gas cylinders are pressurized, so improperly handing a cylinder could cause it to dent, making it more susceptible to explosion.
PureAire oxygen monitors constantly check the levels of oxygen in the air and, in the event of a gas leak and a drop in oxygen to unsafe levels, PureAire’s monitors will activate audible and visual alarms to alert lab personnel. Since oxygen, nitrogen, and argon are colorless and odorless, absent proper oxygen monitoring, there would be no way to detect a leak. Best practice calls for oxygen monitors to be installed anywhere there is a risk of gas leaks. The oxygen monitors should be placed wherever compressed gases are stored, and in all rooms where the gas is used.
PureAire’s oxygen monitors continuously measure oxygen, with no time-consuming maintenance or calibration required. Each PureAire O2 monitor has an easy to read screen, which displays current oxygen levels, for at-a-glance readings by laboratory employees, who derive peace of mind from the monitor’s presence and reliability.