Why use a chlorine gas sensor?
Chlorine gas (CL2) is a yellow-green toxic gas made up of 2 chlorine atoms. It has a familiar odor due to its use in common household bleach and in public swimming pools. Chlorine is a highly reactive gas and therefore combines easily with other elements. In nature, chlorine is most commonly found in the form of sodium chloride (salt) and does not pose a health threat. Human exposure to toxic levels of chlorine are instead usually associated with industrial processes.
Chlorine Use in Industry
Chlorine is widely used in the production of consumer goods such as plastics, solvents for dry cleaning and metal degreasing, textiles, antiseptics and household cleaning products. Work place exposure limits are important to prevent both short and long term exposure to chlorine gas. Leaks of high levels of chlorine gas can lead to coughing and chest pain as well as irritation and respiratory damage. It is a heavy gas and therefore will accumulate at the bottom of poorly ventilated spaces. There is also a risk of explosions if the chlorine gas reacts with flammable materials present in the environment. Aeroqual can provide a portable or fixed chlorine gas sensor for chlorine leak detection.
Chlorine is an important chemical used in water sanitation as it is capable of killing bacteria and other microbes present in water. It is commonly used to clean drinking water, waste water and public swimming pools. Chlorine dissolved in water is not a major concern for human health as it will react with naturally occurring organic compounds present in the water. Aeroqual do not offer sensors capable of measuring chlorine concentrations in water however, Aeroqual chlorine gas sensors can detect chlorine vapor and gas from these applications.