Chlorine Dioxide is a popular water treatment solution in various industries. It has great disinfectant and oxidising qualities making it highly effective in water treatment. However, with this gas comes its dangers as it is highly toxic, making it a potential hazard for these industries. Implementing Chlorine Dioxide gas monitors are an efficient and effective way to mitigate these hazards. Do you use ClO2 in your industry? Do you know the hazards of this gas? Read on below to find out the answers to these questions.
What Applications is ClO2 Used in and Why?
Water treatment is essential in a wide variety of industries for a range of purposes. Chlorine dioxide is highly effective and safe to use for the purpose of treating drinking water to make it fit for purpose. ClO2 is also widely used in hospitality and leisure applications, such as in hotels for disinfecting swimming pools and hot tubs, as well as for keeping water parks clean. Other applications include:
- Food and Beverage production
- Environmental Hygiene
- Cooling towers
- Effluent treatment
One of the reasons it is preferred over other disinfectants in these applications is because it is only needed in small doses to work effectively. Additionally, ClO2 does not react with organic materials to form Trihalomethanes (THMs), unlike Chlorine, thus making it massively beneficial in the creation of drinking water. ClO2 effectively controls microbiological growth and biofilms in industrial cooling waters, making it favourable over other disinfectants such as Chlorine. Due to its reactivity, Chlorine Dioxide photolyzes rapidly in the atmosphere and will breakdown in natural water quickly. Thus, although it is naturally environmentally hazardous, it will not last long in nature. All of these benefits make Chlorine Dioxide massively beneficial in water treatment, and therefore is often chosen over other water treatment solutions. But naturally, with its benefits also come the hazards, requiring the implementation of a Chlorine Dioxide gas monitor.
The Hazards of ClO2
Chlorine Dioxide is a highly toxic gas at room temperature. It can be identified with its reddish-yellow colour and its pungent, chlorine-like odour. If a leak occurs, personnel within the vicinity can quickly become overexposed to this substance, as the STEL is as low as 0.3ppm. Over exposure can cause irritation to the eyes, nose, throat and lungs, with severe cases causing chronic bronchitis and pulmonary edema. Due to the extensive hazards attached to this gas, it is vital that personnel are equipped with the proper mitigation devices, such as Chlorine Dioxide gas monitors.
Mitigating the Hazard with Chlorine Dioxide Gas Monitors
International Gas Detectors have been manufacturing gas detection equipment for over 100 years, giving us the expertise and experience to provide detectably better Chlorine Dioxide gas monitors.
750 Safe Area Chlorine Dioxide Gas Monitor
The 750 safe area Chlorine Dioxide gas monitor is hugely versatile and advanced. Utilising IGDs ground-breaking 2-Wire addressable technology, both power and communication are provided over a 2-core cable highway. Thus, saving 70% on installation in comparison to similar models on the market. What’s more, the 750 Chlorine Dioxide gas monitor comes with a unique sensor labyrinth design and can be fitted with splash guards. So, it is perfectly suited for water treatment applications, as accidental water splashes will not affect the sensors performance. Found out more about the 750 safe area here.
UNI Portable Chlorine Dioxide Gas Monitor
The UNI portable Chlorine Dioxide gas monitor is one of our latest additions in our portable portfolio. This device offers lightweight, durable and flexible ClO2 personal gas detection, ensuring that gas safety is hassle free and comfortable for your team. The UNI from mPower is easy to use and easy to service. As many as 50 event logs can be saved onto the device itself, with easy transferability to any PC via the docking station. Find out more about the UNI chlorine dioxide gas monitor here.
Contact IGD Today
IGD provide a wide range of both fixed and portable gas detection, fit for purpose for various applications. If you would like to find out more about our range, contact the team today. Our experts have vast experience in a range of industries, including water treatment. So, you are guaranteed to be getting the best advice available straight from the experts.