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Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN) Detection

Portable & fixed-point HCN detectors for healthcare, pharmaceuticals, chemical manufacturing, agriculture, and environmental testing.

About Hydrogen Cyanide Detection

Hydrogen Cyanide, with its faint, bitter almond-like odor, is pivotal in the production of synthetic fibers, plastics, and resins.

It’s also used in electroplating, metal processing, and as a fumigant in pest control. The mining industry employs HCN in gold and silver extraction, demonstrating its broad utility. Despite its usefulness, HCN is extremely toxic, with the potential to disrupt cellular respiration, thus stringent monitoring is essential to prevent occupational exposure.

Common Challenges

  • Highly toxic, requiring stringent monitoring to prevent exposure
  • Difficult to detect due to its faint odor, increasing risk of unnoticed leaks
  • Rapidly acting poison, posing immediate danger upon exposure

Current Guidelines

OSHA:

  • PEL-TWA: 10 ppm (11 mg/m³)
  • PEL-C: 4.7 ppm (5 mg/m³)

NIOSH:

  • REL-STEL: 4.7 ppm (5 mg/m³)

Industries

In chemical synthesis, HCN is used as a feedstock to produce a variety of chemical compounds. Continuous monitoring is crucial in these processes to prevent toxic exposures and maintain safe operational standards. Read more...

In the mining industry, HCN is used in the leaching process for the extraction of gold and silver from ores. Monitoring for hydrogen cyanide is crucial to ensure the safety of workers and to prevent environmental contamination. Read more...

In the textile industry, hydrogen cyanide is utilized in the production of synthetic fibers like nylon and acrylics. Effective monitoring systems for HCN are necessary to safeguard worker health and ensure safe manufacturing processes. Read more...

INDUSTRIES WE SERVE

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AccuSafe

Fixed Point Gas Detection

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