Chlorine is one of the most reactive elements known. As a result, it is used in a wide variety of applications – but it also poses a major safety management challenge in food processing. As a disinfectant, chlorine gas is very effective and economical, and is easy to use and maintain, however, chlorine is a potent irritant to the eyes, upper respiratory tract, and lungs. Long-term exposure to chlorine gas in workers has resulted in respiratory effects – including eye and throat irritation and airflow obstruction.
Installations using or storing chlorine should have gas detection equipment in place to monitor for chlorine releases. Such equipment is particularly important when the facility is not staffed 24 hours a day. Chlorine detectors must be designed and adequately maintained to warn onsite personnel or alert responders at a remote location of a release. If the monitors are being used for leak detection, as opposed to monitoring for OSHA exposure limits, different alarm settings may be required.
Our Food and Beverage Solutions for Chlorine Gas Detection
ECN and Dräger have a comprehensive solution for chlorine gas detection and monitoring, including:
Dräger also offers custom chlorine gas detection and monitoring solutions based on the needs of the food and beverage facility.