Compressed air tanks
High quality breathing air is important to a wide range of industries.

Compressed breathing air safety – how important is it?

Contact us to find out more about how we can help with your compressed breathing air safety requirements, or sign up to our blog for twice-weekly updates about the gas industry. At first glance the physiological demands of the firefighter, the scuba diver and the hospital patient have little in common. One is trained to deal with fire and rescue, … Continue reading

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The Analox team ready to undergo training at The Underwater Centre
The Analox team ready to undergo training at The Underwater Centre

The Analox team head off to the Underwater Centre

A group of Analox team members were invited to The Underwater Centre in Fort William to undergo training similar to that delivered to Commercial Divers and ROV pilot technicians. The Centre provides a comprehensive, purpose-built dive-site, with subsea environments to mirror real-life surroundings. The team travelled the 600 mile round trip in the unmissable yellow Analox van to attend an … Continue reading

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"Puffin" by nigel_appleton is licensed under CC BY 2.0
"Puffin" by nigel_appleton is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Puffins only fly together in a circus

I’m a keen birdwatcher – said nobody during a speed dating night, but I am. I became hooked at the age of 9 when on a school trip to a local estuary where I saw tens of thousands of a wading bird called Dunlin. My teacher, Mr Parry referred to them as ‘a fling of Dunlin’ which at the time … Continue reading

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Overview of Tees Valley Business Summit
Lots of businesses promoting their services at the Summit

Networking reaches its peak at Tees Valley Business Summit

Companies across the Tees Valley came together to discuss current issues, trends and opportunities affecting businesses across the region. The networking event, which has just seen its fourth year, was opened by Managing Director of Tees Valley Unlimited, Stephen Catchpole. An inspiring keynote speech from Philippa Snare, Chief Marketing Officer for Microsoft UK followed, which provided an insight into how … Continue reading

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Pan on stove
CO2 detection in kitchens is a hot topic.

If you can’t stand the CO2, get out of the kitchen – Part 1

We take a look at how carbon dioxide can be generated in a commercial kitchen, and the standards which have been published around the ventilation of commercial kitchens. There are two potentially dangerous types of gas in a commercial kitchen: the flammable ones used for cooking (e.g. methane/natural gas; propane/liquified petroleum gas); and the noxious, gaseous products of combustion such … Continue reading

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Analox staff with a fire engine
We got to try on a firefighter uniform, which was really heavy!

Quality compressed breathing air really is a matter of life and death

When some of the Analox team visited West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service it became even more apparent how important it is to undertake accurate and consistent checks on breathing apparatus. We were shown training facilities where firefighters are put in real-life situations in order to equip them with the experience to deal with whatever they’re faced with when the … Continue reading

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Boat
On 29 April 2015 World Maritime News reported the tragic death of a seaman on board a Polish container ship.

Warning: Confined space + biomass = potential hazard

Contact us to find out more about our gas detection monitors, or sign up to our blog for twice-weekly updates about the gas industry. On 29 April 2015 World Maritime News reported the tragic death of a seaman on board a Polish container ship. The vessel Corina, carrying a cargo of wood pellets, was being unloaded at Port Hanstholm in … Continue reading

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Aspida
‘NGL had failed to meet this condition of its nuclear site licence, therefore compromising the safety of its employees.’

Legal reaction to CO2 gas leak at Heysham 1 Power Station

Heysham 1 power station in Lancashire was recently served with an Improvement Notice from the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), after 30 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) accidentally leaked from a corroded pipe on 16 March 2015. The operator of the site, EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Ltd (NGL), has been given until the end of September to demonstrate improvements in … Continue reading

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Confined space warning sign
You must ensure that the space that you work in is safe, and stays safe.

Safe work in confined spaces – Confined Spaces Regulations 1997

On 5 March 2015 we discussed the Third edition of the Confined Spaces Regulations 1997, published in December 2014, and its recommendations for hypoxic environments. Hypoxic environments are those in which the oxygen level is deliberately lowered – for example to reduce the risk of fire or to minimise oxidation in fresh produce. This post looks at the risks of non-deliberate … Continue reading

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Young girl asking 'why'?

When ‘just because’ is not a good enough answer

I’ve now been a parent for 8 years. Like many new parents, I started off with the intention of improving on my own parent’s efforts and to parent in my own unique way. On the whole I’ve not done too bad, but my attempts to not turn into my own parents sometimes falls short of the mark. This resonates most … Continue reading

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