Lab Safety: Protect Your Personnel & Your Pocket

Most analytical equipment requires single or multiple gas sources to operate. Hydrogen, helium and nitrogen are common in laboratory environments. The traditional method of transporting and supplying these gases utilize high pressure cylinders.

Each year, OSHA receives hundreds of reported cylinder related accidents. A majority of the incidents are from handling cylinders. A cumbersome object, the average compressed gas cylinder is 4 feet tall and weighs between 75 and 80 pounds. Handling cylinders of this size and weight can lead to accidents small and large; common injuries can include abrasions, bruising, strains and fractures. In some cases, the flammable nature of these cylinders can lead to explosive or otherwise catastrophic accidents.

Universities and research institutions are large consumers of bottled gases. Grad students, post-doctorate students, and lab instructors are typically the only personnel permitted to operate and move the heavy cylinders. In these facilities, student and employee safety is paramount. Recent laboratory accidents involving cylinders have made the decision to move away from bottled gases much easier for lab staff. Thus, laboratories are replacing cylinders with on-site gas generators, a proactive measure to ensure the well-being of lab personnel. Producing lab gases on-site is a safe, inexpensive alternative to using and storing cylinders.

Hydrogen and nitrogen produced by on-site gas generators remove the hassles and hazards of using bottled gases. Supporting laboratory gas demands in a safe, cost-efficient and reliable manner, on-site gas generation is well suited to provide an uninterrupted supply of high purity gas. Gas generators do not store explosive gases in the lab, eliminating the need to comply with strict safety regulations associated with cylinders. On-site gas generators produce the lab gas professionals require where and when they need it. These units do the hard work so you don’t have to.