What is an Oxygen Depletion Safety Alarm?
An oxygen depletion safety alarm or oxygen deficiency alarm is an oxygen sensor which sets off an alarm if the oxygen level becomes dangerously low.
Oxygen depletion alarms are commonly used to continually monitor oxygen levels in enclosed areas that contain tanks of liquid nitrogen, argon or helium. If one of the tanks or the system develops a leak, the room will fill with the gas. This will lover the overall percentage of oxygen in the room. If the oxygen level drops below 19%, the alarm will sound both inside the room and next to the room entrance door to discourage entering the room.
Common applications for oxygen depletion safety alarms include cryogenic, pharmaceutical, scientific and or any other scientific lab or manufacturing convern that uses pressurized tanks of liquid many other applications.
The RAD-0002 or Oxygen Depletion Safety Alarm
GasLab offers an oxygen depletion safety alarm or RAD-0002, which is designed to monitor indoor oxygen levels near storage tanks of gases like Nitrogen, or Argon. This alarm also features sensor technology of fluorescence quenching by oxygen, and incorporates a LuminOX sensor which has a lifespan of >5 years.
To give some perspective, pressurized system gas leaks can quickly displace oxygen and result in an unsafe enclosed work area. The RAD-0002 is fundamentally designed to ensure safety and protect employees and the workplace.
Customers continue to stand by the oxygen depletion safety alarm, as it provides both audible/visual alarms, configurable settings, and relays which can trigger or control an HVAC system or send a notification to emergency first responders.
For a limited time only, the Oxygen Depletion Safety Alarm (RAD-0002) can be purchased at a discounted rate.
Additional key features for the RAD-0002, include:
- Large display to clearly indicate O2 and Temp
- 80dB audible and visual alarms
- 3 configurable alarm settings
- Easy installation, hardware included
- Reliable connections with standard Ethernet cable
- Extend remote up to 300 ft. from the main unit
- 4-20 mA output to allow for remote display of gas levels
- IP54 enclosure to prevent against splashdown
Ensuring Oxygen Depletion Safety
While limited amounts of gases may not be harmful, a potential O2 leak is far from uncommon. Several precautions should be observed and put in place for any employee or worker who works in and around inert gases.
Without proper monitoring, negative health effects could occur rapidly, such as difficulty of breath, fatigue, dizziness, lung damage, stroke, and nausea. By integrating an oxygen safety alarm you can protect and ensure safety from pressurized cylinders, leaks, or any rapid outflow of inert gas.
Today, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration states in OSHA's 29 CFR 1910.146, that practices and procedures must be in place to protect employees in general industries from the hazards of entry into permit-required confined spaces. This specific standard also mentions that any "oxygen deficient" atmosphere is defined as, "An atmosphere containing less than 19.5 percent oxygen by volume."
Another factor to keep in mind when dealing with inert gases and oxygen depletion, is that once a leak occurs not only is your health at risk, but your skin can also be affected due to the oxygen surrounding the atmosphere at low temperature. This could commonly result in severe freezes and irritable burns.
Overall, many industries depend on the oxygen depletion safety alarm for detecting, monitoring and ensuring peace of mind for workers and facilities.
As you may look at oxygen as the gas that supports life, often we forget the real dangers of too much oxygen exposure, which can lead to serious injury if not properly protected.