Posted: 7 Jun '16
As one of the leading causes of death in the petroleum industry, understanding hydrogen sulphide gas (H2S) and how to handle exposure is critical to your safety. In fact, in the Canadian petroleum industry, it is mandatory that all workers who may come into contact with this deadly gas undergo H2S safety training. In our efforts to promote safe practices and reduce fatalities, those of us at MI Safety want you to understand why you need H2S Alive training in Edmonton.
Deadly H2S gas is heavier than air and is colourless, toxic, flammable and explosive. It does have a strong odour resembling rotten eggs at low concentrations, but it quickly deadens the sense of smell, making it particularly dangerous.
Without H2S Alive training in Edmonton, even an exposure of 0.07 percent can prove fatal. Other exposure risks include convulsions, shock, loss of breath, unconsciousness and coma. It is impossible to determine exactly what level will result in symptoms because everyone's body processes it differently. Symptoms can and have occurred in as little as one breath, however.
H2S is commonly found in petroleum deposits and is released when work is being done to extract crude. The naturally-occurring gas is formed as organic material decays and since it is heavier than air, it settles in low-lying areas. When these areas are disturbed, the gas is released and you risk inhalation or contact.
H2S training will teach you about the properties of H2S gas, its effects and provide examples of fatalities and incidents to help you realize the danger involved. You will also learn how to use the appropriate safety equipment, monitor the gas using specialized instruments and how to react once it is detected.
At MI Safety, we offer the Enform H2S Alive safety training course which is the standard for the oil and gas industry. Combining theory and hands-on learning in a classroom environment, after you have completed the eight-hour course, you will receive your certification. Our in-depth training will provide you with the necessary skills to save a live, most likely your own. Contact us to learn more today.REQUEST INFO ON OUR COURSES