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Ammonia – NH3

This page presents information about ammonia (NH3) – also known as hydrogen nitride: characteristics, effects on health, detection tools & systems – ammonia detector – and proper respiratory protective equipment (gas mask or powered air purifying respirator with K gas filter).

ammonia detector and NH3 respirator

Ammonia properties

Ammonia (NH3) – or hydrogen nitride – is industrially synthetized from nitrogen (N) and hydrogen (H2) using a catalyst (Haber-Bosch process). This substance is a key element for producing fertilizers and is used in the cooling industry. When dissolved into water, ammonia is used to produce household products. it is also exploited in the textile industry and for many other applications.

CAS TWA (8 hours) STEL (15 minutes) LEL IP Density / Air Filter / SCBA
7664-41-7 10 ppm 20 ppm 15.0 % 10.18 eV 0.59 K

Ammonia effects on health

Above all ammonia is toxic (even at low concentrations) and very irritating to the eyes and breathing tracts. It can be easily detectable through smell with its pungent and asphyxiating smell. This gas is also flammable and explosive between 15 and 28% volume. If it enters in contact with other substances like halogens, mercury or acetaldehyde, explosive reactions can occur.

Ammonia dangers and effects on health (NH3 detectors and respirators)

Ammonia effects on health (NH3)

Ammonia detector (NH3)

Even if NH3 is detectable through smell, only an ammonia detector can accurately measure concentrations of this gas. Two ammonia detection methods are available: either in toxicity with a ppm measurement, or in explosive potential with LEL percentage measurement (combustible gas detector).

The toxic gas detector GasBadge Pro ATEX series with interchangeable sensor. With a competitive price, this ATEX portable gas detector with interchangeable sensor combines power and flexibility.

  • Detection of Cl2, ClO2, CO, HCN, H2, H2S, NH3, NO2, O2, PH3, SO2.
  • Segmented LCD display for easy and direct reading
  • Internal data logging of alarm events and gas concentrations
  • CR2 3V lithium battery; 2,600 hours minimum runtime
  • Polycarbonate robust and waterproof housing
  • Additional information
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Portable toxic gas detector GASBADGE PRO

The toxic gas detector GasBadge Pro ATEX series with interchangeable sensor. With a competitive price, this ATEX portable gas detector with interchangeable sensor combines power and flexibility.

Portable gas detector GasBadge Pro
  • Detection of Cl2, ClO2, CO, HCN, H2, H2S, NH3, NO2, O2, PH3, SO2.
  • Segmented LCD display for easy and direct reading
  • Internal data logging of alarm events and gas concentrations
  • CR2 3V lithium battery; 2,600 hours minimum runtime
  • Polycarbonate robust and waterproof housing
Additional information

The GASBADGE PRO toxic gas detector is a classic single-gas detector. Its long-duration battery operates for about 2,600 hours and can be replaced when used. As for any other classic single-gas detectors, it is highly recommended to calibrate the GASBADGE PRO twice a year to ensure proper operation.

The GASBADGE PRO toxic gas monitor is a classic single-gas detector with interchangeable sensors and features a large range of electrochemical sensors. This technology is designed to detect toxic gases: Cl2 (chlorine), ClO2 (chlorine dioxide), CO (carbon monoxide), HCN (hydrogen cyanide), H2 (hydrogen), H2S (hydrogen sulfide), NH3 (ammonia), NO2 (nitrogen dioxide), O2 (oxygen), PH3 (phosphine) and SO2 (sulfur dioxide).

The GASBADGE PRO has 3 alarms: a powerful 95 dB audible alarm to alert even in noisy environments, a red LED visual alarm for view alert signals even in the darkest places like confined spaces and a vibrating alarm.

These alarms will be triggered by 4 events: if the lower or the upper limit values are reached, if concentrations get over the occupational exposure limit or if the average value threshold is exceeded. Abnormal gas concentrations and other data can also be saved and downloaded from the device.

Compact and lightweight, the GASBADGE PRO toxic gas detector is made with a strong polycarbonate housing with a robust and waterproof over-mold in compliance with IP67 protection. The GASBADGE PRO is ATEX approved as well for explosive atmosphere under current EU standards.

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The Ventis Pro5 detector is equipped with new features such as a panic button to improve safety of workers evolving in hazardous areas.

Detection of the combustible gases, NH3, CO, CO/H2S, H2S, HCN, NO2, O2, SO2, CO2, HC.

  • Dimensions: 104 x 58 x 36 mm – weight: 200 grams without pump
  • Audible (95 dB), LED visual (2 red and 2 blue) and vibrating alarms
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery with optional extended battery
  • Polycarbonate housing with waterproof rubber overmold (IP68)
  • Datalogging over 3 months with 10 seconds interval
  • Additional information
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Portable multi gas detector – VENTIS PRO5 – up to 5 gases

The Ventis Pro5 detector is equipped with new features such as a panic button to improve safety of workers evolving in hazardous areas.

Detection of the combustible gases, NH3, CO, CO/H2S, H2S, HCN, NO2, O2, SO2, CO2, HC.

  • Dimensions: 104 x 58 x 36 mm – weight: 200 grams without pump
  • Audible (95 dB), LED visual (2 red and 2 blue) and vibrating alarms
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery with optional extended battery
  • Polycarbonate housing with waterproof rubber overmold (IP68)
  • Datalogging over 3 months with 10 seconds interval
Additional information

The Ventis Pro5 multi gas detector was especially designed to silmutaneously detect up to 5 gases among the combustible gases, NH3, CO, CO/H2S, H2S HCN, NO2, O2, SO2, CO2 and HC.

 

This flexible detector features a panic button to alert nearby teams when user is in distress. It also features a mandown alert function which is set to activate after a defined period of time without motion.

 

In case of anormal concentrations, powerful audible (95 dB à 10 cm) and visual (ultra-bright blue and red lights) alarms will alert any operator working in the area, even in high-noise and dark environments.

Custom alarm action messages like “EVACUATE” or “VENTILATE” can furthermore be configured in case of emergency situations in order to safely and quickly take corrective actions.

 

Made of polycarbonate with protective rubber overmold, this gas detector is available either in black or high-visibility safety orange versions and can be combined with the VSP slide-on pump. Its integrated data logger can record up to 3 months of events. Water and dust-resistant (IP68), the Ventis Pro5 can be used in pumped version for use in confined spaces or without pump as a personal protective equipment.

 

The Ventis Pro5 portable multi gas detector also features the LENS Wireless technology. LENS is the first wireless gas detection solution that allows personal monitors and area monitors to communicate gas readings and alarms with one another. This way, panic and mandown alarms will be communicated to other Ventos Pro detectors operating in the same area in order to alert everyone on the hazardous situations.

 

Lastly, the Ventis Pro5 benefits from the iAssign® technology for site and user follow-up. Thanks to this enhanced technology, every data recorded by the device will be assigned to the user ID. This process allows amongst other things users to wear several gas detectors within the same working day.

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MX6 6 gas detector (EXPLO, toxic and/or VOC): very large range of detected gases (IR absorption or electrochemical sensor), volatile organic compounds (VOC) with photoionization (PID) from 0 to 2,000 ppm.

  • Detection of the combustible gases, CL2, CLO2, CO, CO2, H2, HCN, HCl, H2S, NO, NO2, NH3, O2, PH3, SO2, VOC (volatile organic compounds)
  • Colored graphic LCD display for better view on gases concentrations. Simultaneous and continuous display of all gases.
  • Available with optional sampling pump
  • User-friendly multilingual menu for easy operation
  • Additional information
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Multi gas detector – MX6 ATEX – UP TO 6 GASES

MX6 6 gas detector (EXPLO, toxic and/or VOC): very large range of detected gases (IR absorption or electrochemical sensor), volatile organic compounds (VOC) with photoionization (PID) from 0 to 2,000 ppm.

Portable gas detector MX6
  • Detection of the combustible gases, CL2, CLO2, CO, CO2, H2, HCN, HCl, H2S, NO, NO2, NH3, O2, PH3, SO2, VOC (volatile organic compounds)
  • Colored graphic LCD display for better view on gases concentrations. Simultaneous and continuous display of all gases.
  • Available with optional sampling pump
  • User-friendly multilingual menu for easy operation
Additional information

The MX6-iBrid gas detector is an high-tech portable multi gas detector. Thanks to its rechargeable ion-lithium (Li-ion) battery, it can operates around 24 hours continuously. The optional extended battery can replace the standard one and extend the autonomy up to 36 hours. A lighter version with AA battery is also available for 10 hours of operation.

The MX6-iBrid portable multi gas detector can detect up to 6 gases simultaneously according to the configuration (some locations are dedicated to specific sensors). A large range of gases is furthermore available: combustible gases, chlorine (Cl2), chlorine dioxide (ClO2), carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), hydrogen (H2), hydrogen cyanide (HCN), hydrogen chloride (HCl), hydrogen sulfide (H2S), nitric oxide (NO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ammonia (NH3), oxygen (O2), phosphine (PH3), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and many volatile organic compounds (VOC).

The MX6-iBrid combines the highest sensor technologies for accurate measures. Oxygen and toxic gases are detected with an electrochemical sensor. Combustible and explosive gases are on the other hand detected with a catalytic sensor or through infrared absorption. This IR technology is also used to detect carbon dioxide. Lastly, volatile organic compounds are detected with a photoionization sensor (<10,6 eV).

This portable multi gas detector is considered as a high-technology device as it is the first portable gas detector featuring a colored display. This allows users to easily read events curbs of every gas without misunderstanding. The MX6-iBrid is compliant with the most demanding ATEX standards and with the IP67 ingress protection level thanks to its shock-resistant polycarbonate overmolded housing.

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SIL 2 approved ATEX gas detector to detect the combustible gases (IR or catalytic), CO2 (IR), toxic gases (electrochemical), solvents or freons (semiconductor) and asphyxiating gases (oxygen deficiency).

  • Fixed gas detector OLCT100
  • Detection of hydrocarbons, solvents, toxic gases, freons, VOC, CO2
  • Housing made of aluminium with epoxy paint (optional 316L Stainless Steel version)
  • Outputs: OLC100: Wheatstone bridge – OLCT100: 4-20 mA linear
  • Power supply: 15.5 to 32 VDC
  • ATEX & SIL 2 approved for catalytic and infrared versions
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Fixed gas detector – OLCT100

SIL 2 approved ATEX gas detector to detect the combustible gases (IR or catalytic), CO2 (IR), toxic gases (electrochemical), solvents or freons (semiconductor) and asphyxiating gases (oxygen deficiency).

Fixed gas detector OLCT100
  • Detection of hydrocarbons, solvents, toxic gases, freons, VOC, CO2
  • Housing made of aluminium with epoxy paint (optional 316L Stainless Steel version)
  • Outputs: OLC100: Wheatstone bridge – OLCT100: 4-20 mA linear
  • Power supply: 15.5 to 32 VDC
  • ATEX & SIL 2 approved for catalytic and infrared versions
Additional information

Thanks to the wide variety of sensor technologies that can be used with this monitor, the OLCT100 fixed gas detector can detect a large range of gases. The combustible gases can be detected with a catalytic or infrared sensor, toxic gases with an electrochemical sensor, freons with a semiconductor sensor and carbon dioxide with an infrared sensor.

Two outputs types are available for this fixed gas detector range. The first one is the 4-20 mA analog output. It can be used to detect combustible, toxic and asphyxiating gases but also solvents, freons or carbon dioxide. The second output version is a Wheatstone bridge for the detection of combustible gases (0-100% LEL only).

Many accessories are available for the OLCT100 gas detector to improve sensor response time or to get optimal implementation.

The OLC/OLCT100 range is available under 5 versions:

  • OLC100 : Wheatstone bridge output detector to detect the combustible gases (0-100% LEL only)
  • OLCT 100 XP: Explosion-proof version equipped with a catalytic, electrochemical or semiconductor sensor to detect the combustible or toxic gases or oxygen.
  • OLCT 100 IS: Extremely reliable version to detect toxic gases or oxygen.
  • OLCT 100 XP IR: Explosion-proof version equipped with an infrared sensor to detect the combustible gases or CO2
  • OLCT 100 XP HT: High temperature explosion-proof version to detect combustible gases up to 200 °C
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NH3 respiratory protection (Ammonia)

As this gas is very irritating to the eyes, workers have to wear an ammonia respirator like a full-face mask for short term applications or a more comfortable powered air purifying respirator equipped with a K gas filter. If concentrations exceed 60 times the OEL, a self- contained breathing apparatus is required.

The Duraflow powered air respirator is a versatile solution for hazardous workspaces. It provides a quality respiratory protection for a fair price.

  • The powered air purifying respirator Duraflow PAPR
  • Compatibility with RD DIN 40 universal filter cartridges
  • Rechargeable battery – 2 available version: 8 or 16 hours runtime
  • Automatic airflow regulation (160l/min)
  • Visual alarms, notifications and display
  • CEN1294 & CE0086 certified, IP55/IP67
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Powered air purifying respirator Duraflow

The Duraflow powered air respirator is a versatile solution for hazardous workspaces. It provides a quality respiratory protection for a fair price.

The powered air purifying respirator Duraflow PAPR
  • Compatibility with RD DIN 40 universal filter cartridges
  • Rechargeable battery – 2 available version: 8 or 16 hours runtime
  • Automatic airflow regulation (160l/min)
  • Visual alarms, notifications and display
  • CEN1294 & CE0086 certified, IP55/IP67
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The SARI gas mask provides operating comfort and efficient protection against toxic gases and particles (solid, radioactive, smokes), bacteria and virus.

  • Compatible with PRO2000 filter range (gas, particle and combined)
  • Central phonic membrane for easy communication
  • Compatible with powered air equipment
  • Internal mask with non-return and anti-fog valves, reduces CO2
  • Fully adjustable 5 points harness for improved operating comfort
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Full face gas mask – SARI

The SARI gas mask provides operating comfort and efficient protection against toxic gases and particles (solid, radioactive, smokes), bacteria and virus.

masque sari contre les gaz toxiques et vapeurs chimiques
  • Compatible with PRO2000 filter range (gas, particle and combined)
  • Central phonic membrane for easy communication
  • Compatible with powered air equipment
  • Internal mask with non-return and anti-fog valves, reduces CO2
  • Fully adjustable 5 points harness for improved operating comfort
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Sigma self-contained breathing apparatus from SCOTT Safety combines highest respiratory protection levels to a cost-effective and user-friendly equipment to meet industrial and marine sectors requirements.

  • High performance pneumatic system
  • Ultra-compact demand valve triggered from first breath
  • Lighweight and ergonomic backplate and fireproof harness
  • Possibility to switch to demand constant flow
  • Large range of full face masks: Vision 3, Promask PP and Panaseal
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Self-contained breathing apparatus – SIGMA

Sigma self-contained breathing apparatus from SCOTT Safety combines highest respiratory protection levels to a cost-effective and user-friendly equipment to meet industrial and marine sectors requirements.

Self-contained breathing apparatus SIGMA
  • High performance pneumatic system
  • Ultra-compact demand valve triggered from first breath
  • Lighweight and ergonomic backplate and fireproof harness
  • Possibility to switch to demand constant flow
  • Large range of full face masks: Vision 3, Promask PP and Panaseal
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The Proflow2 PAPR is a compact and lightweight device featuring a curved backplate for user comfort during long-term applications. This powered air purifying respirator is available in 120L/min or 160L/min versions.

  • complete Scott Safety PAPR powered-air-purifying Proflow2
  • DIN40 standard filters compatible with single-cartridge masks.
  • From 7 to 15 hours runtime depending on the face piece.
  • 70 dB audible low battery alarm.
  • Compatible with many face pieces.
  • Certifications: complies with EN12941 and 12942 standards.
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Powered air purifying respirator PROFLOW 2

The Proflow2 PAPR is a compact and lightweight device featuring a curved backplate for user comfort during long-term applications. This powered air purifying respirator is available in 120L/min or 160L/min versions.

complete Scott Safety PAPR powered-air-purifying Proflow2
  • DIN40 standard filters compatible with single-cartridge masks.
  • From 7 to 15 hours runtime depending on the face piece.
  • 70 dB audible low battery alarm.
  • Compatible with many face pieces.
  • Certifications: complies with EN12941 and 12942 standards.
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