Most analytical equipment needs single or multiple gas sources for operation. Helium, hydrogen, and nitrogen are commonly used in laboratory environments. High pressure cylinders are traditionally used for the transport and supply of these gases
Every year, hundreds of cylinder-related accidents are received by OSHA. Most of these incidents are from handling cylinders. A cumbersome object, the average compressed gas cylinder weighs between 75 and 80 pounds and has a height of 4 feet.
Handling cylinders of this weight and size can lead to small and large accidents. Bruising, abrasions, strains and fractures are some of the common injuries during these incidents. In some cases, explosive or otherwise catastrophic accidents can happen due to the flammable nature of these cylinders.
Advantages of On-Site Gas Generators
Research institutes and universities are large consumers of bottled gases. Lab instructors, graduate students, and post-doctorate students are typically the only personnel allowed to move and operate the heavy cylinders. Student and employee safety is highly important in these facilities.
Recent laboratory accidents associated with cylinders have made the decision to move away from cylinders much easier for laboratory staff. Therefore, laboratories are using on-site gas generators as an alternative to cylinders, a proactive measure to ensure the safety of lab personnel. On-site generation of lab gases is a safe, cost-effective alternative to using and storing cylinders.
Nitrogen and hydrogen produced by on-site gas generators eliminate the hassles and hazards of using cylinders. On-site gas generation supports laboratory gas requirements in a safe, cost-efficient and reliable manner and is ideally suited to provide a continuous supply of high purity gas.
The use of on-site gas generators eliminates the need to comply with stringent safety regulations associated with cylinders as they do not store explosive gases in the laboratory. With on-site gas generators, the lab gas required by professionals can be produced where and when they need it. These units free up the users by doing all the hard work.
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