In the environmental industry, ground gas existence and soil contamination can become hazardous for personnel and the environment.
Ground gas migration and emission from anthropogenic sources, like mine grouting, air blast rotary drilling, and blasting, heavily affect pathways and ground gas movements. Depending on the nature of the contamination or activities, various gases may be present, including methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2).
In addition to anthropogenic stressors, environmental factors, such as rapid changes in barometric pressure, can influence ground gas migration; other factors include the porosity of soil, groundwater levels and temperature differentials. Because CH4 is highly flammable and CO2 is an asphyxiant, it is important to locate the pathways of these gases to avoid ongoing health risks.
Soil contamination results from the rupture of storage tanks, application of pesticides, percolation of contaminated surface water, oil and fuel dumping, and the discharge of wastes from landfills. The most common chemicals involved often include petroleum hydrocarbons, pesticides, solvents and lead.
Soil remediation is a way of purifying and revitalizing the soil by removing contaminants to protect both the population and the environment. The goal of this process is to restore the soil to its natural, pollution-free state. Cleanup or remediation of soil contaminants is analyzed and performed by workers within the environmental industry.
However, prior to soil remediation, properly surveying the soil’s condition is vital to understanding the risks associated. During this process, wired and WireFree gas detectors can help detect and monitor the present containment within the soil and the ground surrounding it.
At Otis Instruments, safety is a top priority. We offer a variety of Wired and WireFree easy-to-use, robust and configurable gas detectors. Made in the USA, our high-quality products are capable of detecting both toxic and non-toxic gases for diverse applications within industrial facilities and environments. To learn more about environmental monitoring and our solutions, or need more specific information regarding your application, contact our team today.