One of the scariest things I remember from my childhood was when we had a gas leak in our house. The alarm went off and we all had to hurry outside while my dad called the fire department to come check it out and make sure nothing dangerous was going to happen to us or the house. When you are little, anything that disturbs your night of sleep and forces you to leave your warm bed is an unwelcome thing, especially if it is something as scary as an invisible gas. Luckily we caught it early enough so that no one was hurt and our house was fine to go back into and finish the night’s sleep.
Gas leaks do not just happen in a home environment however, they can happen anywhere that there is access or the presence of a gaseous quantity such as a place of work or a manufacturing plant. Not all gas leaks are as manageable as the one that occurred in my home, yet gas leaks are common, which is why gas detectors are so vital to the well being of the employees and the company. To prevent the possible harm and damage to valuable assets, gas detectors are used to determine the exact location of the gas leak. They work by releasing a tracer gas like hydrogen or helium to find the leak. After filling the chamber with helium or a hydrogen/nitrogen mix, the gas loss is measured with a mass spectrometer that detects the helium or hydrogen.
We all know the dangers of gas leaks. Gas leaks can lead to possible explosions in the workplace, lead to sickness or even death of employees and overall damage to a company’s structure. By taking the proper steps to prevent and properly prepare for a gas leak, the risk to all who are involved can decrease immensely.