Oxygen Deficiency Monitors
Inert gases such argon and helium, as well as nitrogen, are not toxic, but they do not support human breathing and reduce levels of oxygen in the air. They are odourless, colourless and tasteless making them undetectable. The only way to detect low oxygen concentrations is with real-time monitoring from the use of a continuous oxygen depletion sensors.
Analox provide two different oxygen depletion sensors which have been designed for industries including saturation diving, commercial diving, laboratory and beverage and hospitality.
WHICH INDUSTRIES USE INERT GASES?
Although there is a risk of oxygen depletion, the use of inert gases is widespread.
Medical – In the medical industry they use inert and specialty gases in MRI rooms, cryopreservation, tissue preservation and cancer treatment.
Laboratory – Laboratories use multiple inert gases such as argon, nitrogen and helium as carrier gases and also in cryogenics.
Commercial diving – Commercial and saturation divers use a heliox mix, which is a breathing gas composed of oxygen and helium.
Beverage and hospitality – Nitrogen is used to dispense beverages such as beer, and also prevent oxidation which can affect taste and quality.
Forestry – Gases such as phosphine (PH3) are commonly used to fumigate timber and other agricultural products prone to infestation.
Horticulture- Nitrogen is used in the Controlled Atmosphere Storage (CAS) of produce including apples, pears, grains and legumes to keep food fresh and prevent decay.
Food packaging and storage – Nitrogen is used in both the packing and storage phases of products such as cooked meats, dried foods, fresh produce, fruits and vegetables.
These industries highlight the necessary need for oxygen depletion sensors in order to maintain the safety and well-being of people.