Over the last 10-15 years we have seen a huge increase in the number of smaller craft wineries, breweries, and distilleries across North America. There are several types of dangerous gases produced as a function of the processes taking place in these facilities that we concern ourselves with. Chief among these is Carbon dioxide (CO2), which is a byproduct of the fermentation process, as well as being used in carbonation. Carbon dioxide leaks could result in over exposure to employees, as well as possible product damage. In distilleries we have a different hazard where potentially explosive levels of ethanol vapours could be present.
Warehouse forklifts powered by propane or liquefied natural gas present a two-fold hazard, in that leaks of these products can prove catastrophic because of their explosive nature and, toxic carbon monoxide is an exhaust byproduct of these machines and if not properly ventilated, it can prove deadly. Nitrogen dioxide is often monitored in areas where diesel trucks are present, like loading docks.
Forklifts powered by electricity may also prove hazardous due to the highly explosive hydrogen given off when batteries are recharging. For more information, see our battery room application.