The Hazards of Wastewater Treatment Plants

By 9th July 2019Tiger

Dangerous slips, trips and falls are susceptible in the wastewater treatment plan industry, and those basic hazards become more acute when toxic gases in the air throughout the facility advance them.

The Hazards of Wastewater Treatment Plants - ION Science

The main gases of concern in wastewater treatment plants are methane, hydrogen sulfide and oxygen. Hydrogen sulfide and methane are byproducts of the decomposition of organic materials that are present in the waste flows feeding the wastewater plant. The buildup of these gases may lead to oxygen depletion or ignite dangerous explosions. 

Other hazards within wastewater treatment plants include heightened exposure levels to ammonia, chlorine and chlorine dioxide. These purifying chemicals are used in the decontamination of wastes and water. As these chemicals are often spilled or dumped into the waste system, both toxic and explosive gases have the potential to be emitted.

The Hazards of Wastewater Treatment Plants - ION Science

Gas hazards are an unseen and unavoidable component in the operations of wastewater treatment plants. However, implementing the right gas detection equipment into wastewater facilities is the best way to ensure the safety of personnel and the environment. 

ION Science offers an array of both fixed and portable gas detectors capable of detecting a wide range of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), like the Tiger.

Incorporating patented photoionization detection (PID) technology, the Tiger is a handheld VOC detector with humidity resistance and anti-contamination design for the harshest environments. Simple display and easy-to-use operation, the Tiger provides a dynamic detection range of 0-20,000 part per million (ppm) with a minimum sensitivity of 0.001 ppm (1 ppb). In addition, safe replacement of batteries and fast battery charging offers extended run time in the field. 

To learn more about the Tiger for reducing the hazards within wastewater treatment plants, contact ION Science at (877) 964-7710.