This article was originally featured on Facility Executive

 

By: Bob Vigdor

Gas leaks can present an enormous danger to the viability of a business and the safety of its workers. Whether it’s an HVAC system, a cooling system, or a hazardous gas found in petroleum production or mining (such as methane), a leak presents substantial risks to employee safety. And it can hurt a company’s bottom line.

The chemicals present in gas leaks have the potential to cause the following health problems, among others:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Organ failure
  • Death

In addition to the health risks, there are harmful environmental impacts. These can lead in fines and penalties. Additionally, leaking equipment may drive operational costs higher due to refrigerant replacement costs and potential product loss. Read More