Chlorine Gas Detectors (Cl2 Detectors)

Cl2Chlorine (Cl2) is found in many industrial processes, including those used to make plastics and in the manufacturing of agricultural pesticides. It is used by pharmaceutical, food and beverage, pulp and paper, and electronics industries, as well as wastewater treatment facilities. Chlorine is also used in the manufacturing of gasoline additives, brake fluid, and antifreeze. Oil refineries inject chlorine directly into stacks to reduce sulfur emissions. Proper chlorine gas detection is essential in areas where workers are most likely to be exposed to toxic Cl2 gas, such as storage tank areas and near processing units. For the most reliable and accurate detection of chlorine gas, Industrial Scientific offers the Radius® BZ1 Area Monitor, the MX6 iBrid® portable multi-gas detector, and the GasBadge® Pro personal single-gas detector

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Related Gas Detectors - Chlorine

Chlorine - Cl2

 

Hazard:

Flammable

Will not explode

Classification:

Health

Extremely toxic

 

Oxidizing

Oxidizing agent

Synonyms:

Chlorine gas, molecular chlorine

Exposure limits:

(OSHA)

PEL\TWA: 1 ppm

 

(ACGIH)

STEL: 1 ppm/ 15 min.

 

(OSHA)

IDLH: 30 ppm / 30 min.

Industries:

Municipal pools, pulp and paper, waste water treatments plants, Hazmat teams,
railroad yards

Chlorine is greenish yellow gas with a characteristic pungent odor. Although not classified as an explosive gas, chlorine will react explosively or form an explosive compound when combined with substances like acetylene, ether, turpentine, ammonia, hydrogen, and fuel gas.

Chlorine derivatives are commonly used for their disinfectant properties. Chlorine is highly toxic. The toxins take their route through the lungs irritating the respiratory tract. High doses of chlorine gas can cause death
quite rapidly.

Effects of Various Cl2 Levels

Chlorine Level in PPM

Resulting Conditions on Humans

.5

Permissible Exposure Level (OSHA, ACGIH).

3

Irritation of the mucous membranes, eyes, and respiratory tract.

3.5

Produces an easily detectable odor.

15

Causes immediate irritation of the throat.

30

Maximum exposure for 30 minute period.

100-500

Pain, tightness in the chest, and death results from prolonged exposure.

Source: Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials (Sixth Edition) by N. Irving Sax

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