According to the EPA, hazardous materials and gases are defined as those that are potentially harmful to human health and the environment.
Hazardous materials and gases can be found throughout many industries, but are primarily present within the chemical manufacturing, metal production, and petroleum processing industries.
Toxic chemicals can cause a range of both short-term and long-term health effects to personnel. Hazardous materials in chemical plants, whether in the form of a gas, liquid, dust or solid, may result in various cancers, skin injuries and infections, asthma, reproductive issues, and death. Some materials that are used in the chemical industry include acetone, cresol, styrene, mineral spirits, diacetone alcohol, phenol, furfuryl mercaptan, and methyl mercaptan.
Many sectors within the metal production industry routinely handle or produce hazardous materials and gases, such as metal fabricators, steel producers, and iron makers. Hazardous materials found within the metal production industry include toluene, dichloroethene, 1,1-, diethylamine, dimethylethylamine, NN-, hexachloroethane, and pentacarbonyl iron.
According to OSHA, the petroleum industry produces the most non-biodegradable materials of any other industry–many of which contain dangerous, non-biodegradable chemicals and toxins. These materials are also known to cause short-term and long-term health effects dependent on exposure levels. Hazardous materials that are common within petroleum processing include benzene, hydrogen sulfide, xylene, and 1,3-butdiene.
To ensure the safety of personnel within these industries in the event of materials spillages, leaks, and other exposure scenarios, implementing appropriate gas detection equipment is essential.
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