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Safe handling of hazardous substances

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Hazmat handling: Employee protection takes precedence

Handling hazardous substances is part of the daily routine in many workplaces. In doing so, employees are, for example exposed to hazards from explosion risks or carcinogenic substances in harmful concentrations. Toxic hazards and the threat of oxygen deficiency are also present in various application areas. Equipped with the right personal protective equipment (PPE), precise gas detector and practical training you can design these processes safely and efficiently. With hazmat equipment from Dräger you are well protected when handling hazardous substances.

Recognising and evaluating hazardous situations

Identifying and evaluating hazardous situations with Dräger

Many procedures and processes in routine work, e.g. cleaning procedures, decanting of chemicals, require close monitoring and additional protection against hazardous substances. Critical points can be derived from the risk assessment at the workplace. 

5 steps of a risk assessment should follow:

Step 1: Identify the hazards
Step 2: Decide who might be harmed and how
Step 3: Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions
Step 4: Record your findings and implement them
Step 5: Review your assessment and update if necessary

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Impacts of hazardous substances

Hazmat handling on workplace can impact the body in three main ways:
1) Impacts on consciousness

2) Impacts on organs and vital functions

3) Skin irritations or mechanical injuries.

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Understanding clp pictograms and hazard signs Infographic
Hazard Signs

Learn more about the different classes of hazmats and the symbols you should look for on the labels of potentially hazardous substances. Our infographic has it all covered.

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Identifying and monitoring hazards in the workplace

Workplace monitoring

Personal gas detectors warn your employees in risk areas in good time about exceeding occupational exposure limits. They are usually worn directly on the work clothing. Therefore, ease of operation, high wearing comfort and robustness are important here. Our detectors to monitor single gases or multiple gases help to increase safety during handling hazardous substances in the workplace.

Dräger Pac® 8000

Dräger Pac® 8000

With the robust Dräger Pac® 8000, you'll be well equipped for tough conditions: this non-disposable, personal single-gas detection device is a reliable and precise instrument, which detects hazardous concentrations of 29 different gases, including special gases like NO2, O3 or COCl2. Measured data ...

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Dräger X-am® 5000

Dräger X-am® 5000

The Dräger X-am® 5000 belongs to a generation of gas detectors, developed especially for personal monitoring applications. This 1- to 5-gas detector reliably measures combustible gases and vapors as well as O2 and harmful concentrations of toxic gases, organic vapors, Odorant and Amine.

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Hazmat equipment for working in explosive atmospheres

Warehouse with chemicals

While handling hazmats also explosive atmospheres can be caused by flammable gases, mists or vapours or by combustible dusts. In those environment explosion protection measures, mostly regulated by law, keeps the personnel and plants safe. The ATEX directives describe what equipment and work space is allowed in environments with an explosive atmosphere. Dräger offers detection and protection equipment according the ATEX standard which is indented for use in Ex-zones.

ATEX - Explosion protection and gas detection Ex-marking and meaning

ATEX at a glance

Explosion protection and gas detection: Ex-marking and meaning - these compact overview shows what you need to know.

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Monitoring Ex hazards

Unintentional leakage is never excluded for example in storage rooms with explosive substances. A stationary gas measurement system issues an alarm and triggers countermeasures such as the start of the ventilation system.

Dräger Polytron® SE Ex

Dräger Polytron® SE Ex

The Dräger Polytron® SE Ex ... DD sensing heads are gas detectors for the continuous monitoring of flammable gases and vapors in the ambient air. The measurement is based on the heat of reaction principle, where a chemical reaction takes place in a catalytic bead (so-called pellistor) inside the sensor.

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Dräger PIR 7000

Dräger PIR 7000

The Dräger PIR 7000 is an explosion proof point infrared gas detector for continuous monitoring of flammable gases and vapours. With its stainless steel SS 316L enclosure and drift-free optics this detector is built for the harshest industrial environments, e.g. offshore installations.

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Draeger VOICE - Hazmat equipment finder

The hazmat-based safety product finder

The new web tool Dräger VOICE supports you with vital information to more than 1,500 hazardous substances, about their physiochemical characteristics and relevant limit values and recommends suitable respiratory and body protection equipment as well as appropriate gas detection solutions.

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Draeger Safety India Private Limited

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Oberoi Garden City,
Off Western Express Highway, Goregaon (East),
Mumbai - 400 063, India

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