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By Amy Forsgren, Kristina Brinck

Sewer structures fall into the class "out of sight, out of brain" – they seldom excite curiosity. but if issues get it wrong with the air within the sewer procedure, they cross very flawed. effects could be dramatic and devastating: sewer staff killed immediately by means of toxic gasoline once they raise a sewer lid, or whole suburban blocks levelled through explosions. This booklet describes the atmospheric risks in most cases present in the sewer approach. It presents easily-understood reasons of the technological know-how in the back of the risks, mixed with real-life examples of while issues went dramatically wrong.

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The highly lipophilic nature of H2S allows it to easily penetrate the lipid bilayer of cell membranes. It is quickly absorbed through the lungs’ alveoli into the bloodstream. 1 Explosivity/Flammability In addition to being highly toxic, hydrogen sulfide is both flammable and explosive. 4. 0 Source: Data from National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards, DHHS Publication No. S. Government Printing Office, Pittsburgh, PA, 2007. Hydrogen sulfide is a strong reducing agent and highly reactive.

Schlueter, C. , and Rando, R. J. (2010). Deviations from Haber’s Law for multiple measures of acute lung injury in chlorine-exposed mice. Toxicological Sciences, 118(2): 696–703. 16. Gillies, A. D. S. et al. (June 1999). The modelling of the occurrence of hydrogen sulphide in coal seams.

If the corrosion is very advanced, it may not be possible to loosen bolted flanges; pipe cutting and welding (hot work) may be needed. The initial hazard evaluation of the space was based only on inspection of the equipment. When the need for hot work arises, a new hazard evaluation must be done. 4 Reducing the Risk The best way to avoid confined space accidents is to never enter them; but this is very often not feasible. The second best way is to very strictly control who enters, and under what circumstances—in short, by establishing a program for confined spaces.

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