Carbon Dioxide: A Simple Asphyxiant?

“In the last two decades of the twentieth century, hundreds of people have died of carbon dioxide asphyxiation near volcanoes in Cameroon and in Indonesia.”  — Allison Stark Draper, in Coping With Natural Disasters Many worry about carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas. Carbon dioxide is also a much more urgent hazard. [...]

By |2023-11-16T11:26:38-06:00November 16th, 2023|Chemicals, Process Safety|Comments Off on Carbon Dioxide: A Simple Asphyxiant?

All Gases Are Hazardous

“Jumpin’ Jack Flash, it’s a gas.”  — Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, of The Rolling Stones Ever notice how the popular media never refer to chemicals. No, they talk about “toxic chemicals.” It’s as though any material that is not toxic is not a chemical, or perhaps, any material called a chemical must be toxic. [...]

By |2023-11-09T09:13:59-06:00November 9th, 2023|Chemicals, Process Safety|1 Comment

Just Two Breaths

“I love to breath. Oxygen is sexy.”  — Kris Carr How long can you hold your breath? One minute? Two minutes? Pearl divers have been known to hold their breaths for over 10 minutes. When we’re breathing, though, it’s at a rate of between 8 and 20 breaths per minutes. So, many find it difficult [...]

By |2022-09-15T18:04:43-05:00September 15th, 2022|Gas, Process Safety, Workplace Safety|Comments Off on Just Two Breaths
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