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Carbon monoxide – CO

This page details information about carbon monoxide (CO) or carbonous oxide, appropriate detection means – carbon monoxide CO detector – and respiratory protective equipment (ABEK1NOCO20-P3 combined filter or self-contained breathing apparatus).

CO detector and carbon monoxide respirator for better safety

Carbon monoxyde properties

Carbon monoxide (CO) or carbonous oxide is produced by incomplete combustion of organic matter (wood, fuel). As it is also released by engines exhausted gases (incomplete gasoline combustion), it is partially responsible for atmospheric pollution in big cities and car parks. It can also be found in the chemical industry in many substances synthesis or in the steel industry as a reducing agent to produce some catalysts.

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Carbon monoxyde effects on health

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless and odorless gas that is not detectable without proper equipment. This gas is very toxic by inhalation (H331) and reduce the blood oxygen rate – that’s why it is classified as a toxic asphyxiant. It is also very flammable with explosive limits set between 12 and 74 % volume, which explains its presence in many types of combustion. However its main hazard remains its toxicity.

Carbon monoxide exposure symptoms: why use a CO detector

Carbone monoxyde effects on health (CO)

Carbon monoxide CO detector

As CO gas is colorless, odorless and not detectable, only a carbon monoxide CO detector can accurately measure concentrations of this gas. Even if it is explosive at 0.8% volume, an explosivity measurement (in LEL) would be pointless for this very toxic gas. It is advised to use fixed or portable carbon monoxide gas detection systems or devices.

The compact disposable gas detector WatchGas PDM continuously and accurately measures concentrations of carbon monoxide (CO), hydrogen sulfide (H2S), sulfur dioxide (SO2), ammonia (NH3) or oxygen (O2) even in the harshest conditions.

  • Disposable gas detector for CO, H2S, NH3, SO2 or O2 gas monitoring
  • 2 year continuous runtime
  • CO, H2S,NH3 SO2 or O2 detection
  • High performance in a small housing
  • Easy to use with large LCD display
  • Convenient accessories available: docking station and infrared module
  • Additional information
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Disposable gas detector WatchGas PDM

The compact disposable gas detector WatchGas PDM continuously and accurately measures concentrations of carbon monoxide (CO), hydrogen sulfide (H2S), sulfur dioxide (SO2), ammonia (NH3) or oxygen (O2) even in the harshest conditions.

Disposable gas detector for CO, H2S, NH3, SO2 or O2 gas monitoring
  • 2 year continuous runtime
  • CO, H2S,NH3 SO2 or O2 detection
  • High performance in a small housing
  • Easy to use with large LCD display
  • Convenient accessories available: docking station and infrared module
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The WatchGas PDM disposable gas detector is a single-gas detector that continuously operates for two years. This daily portable gas monitor offers its user high reliability and comfort of use in any environment.

This personal protective equipment operates up to two years maintenance-free and is one of the most cost-effective single-gas detector on the market. Because of its disposable nature, this portable gas detector runs continuously from first start-up and requires no lithium battery charging or electrochemical sensor replacement. This monitor offers great reliability and no maintenance downtime.

The WatchGas PDM disposable single-gas detector is easy to wear thanks to its strong metal crocodile clip and can be worn on a collar, a belt or even a safety helmet. Compact and lightweight with a weight going from 93g up to 104g depending on the sensor, this portable single-gas detector is IP67 certified against dusts and water. Its housing is made of polycarbonate and rubber, making the WatchGas PDM a rugged disposable gas detector that can be used even in the harshest environments.

Once the target gas concentrations in ambient air exceeds alarm thresholds, the powerful 95dB audiovisual alarm of the WatchGas PDM single-gas detector will activate to alert people working in the hazardous area.

Thanks to its optional docking station, it is even easier to calibrate and bump test the WatchGas PDM disposable gas monitor. This docking station can hold up to 4 WatchGas PDM single-gas devices at once for faster testing of several instruments. It can also manage the detectors settings, test parameters and can be used to transfer data stored for further analysis. Moreover, as it can be easily carried and used with rechargeable batteries, the WDS docking station is ideal for in-vehicle or multi-site use.

The WIR – WatchGas IR – infrared module also available as an option enables remote detector configuration (alarm thresholds) and data retrieving of the last 30 alarm events.

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Especially designed for use in boiler rooms or parkings, the OLCT10 sensor range is used to monitor presence of explosive vapors and gases or combustion toxic gases in ambient air.

 

  • Fixed gas detector OLCT10
  • Detection of the combustible gases, CO, NO, NO2
  • Power supply: 15 to 30 VDC
  • 4-20 mA linear output
  • Robust, user-friendly and easy to install
  • ATEX II 3 G / EEx nA IIC T4 approved
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Gas detector – OLCT10 Atex

Especially designed for use in boiler rooms or parkings, the OLCT10 sensor range is used to monitor presence of explosive vapors and gases or combustion toxic gases in ambient air.

 

Fixed gas detector OLCT10
  • Detection of the combustible gases, CO, NO, NO2
  • Power supply: 15 to 30 VDC
  • 4-20 mA linear output
  • Robust, user-friendly and easy to install
  • ATEX II 3 G / EEx nA IIC T4 approved
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The Pac 6500 by Dräger is an easy to use single-gas detector that offers a very fast response time and excellent precision.

Monitoring: Carbon monoxide (CO), Hydrogen sulfide (H2S), Oxygen (O2), Sulfur dioxide (SO2)

  • Portable single-gas detector Pac 6500 by Drager for CO, H2S, SO2 and O2 monitoring
  • Operating conditions: -30 °C to 55 °C, 700 to 1 300 hPa
  • Alert signals: audible 90dB alarm , flashing LED lights, vibration
  • ultra resistant housing, waterproof, dustproof, IP68
  • Large backlit screen, no text & clear information display
  • Certifications : cCSAus, IECEx, ATEX, CE
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Portable single-gas detector Pac 6500

The Pac 6500 by Dräger is an easy to use single-gas detector that offers a very fast response time and excellent precision.

Monitoring: Carbon monoxide (CO), Hydrogen sulfide (H2S), Oxygen (O2), Sulfur dioxide (SO2)

Portable single-gas detector Pac 6500 by Drager for CO, H2S, SO2 and O2 monitoring
  • Operating conditions: -30 °C to 55 °C, 700 to 1 300 hPa
  • Alert signals: audible 90dB alarm , flashing LED lights, vibration
  • ultra resistant housing, waterproof, dustproof, IP68
  • Large backlit screen, no text & clear information display
  • Certifications : cCSAus, IECEx, ATEX, CE
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The X-am 2500 portable 4 gas monitor has been especially designed to accurately monitor concentrations of 1 up to 4 gases:  combustible gas (0 - 100% LEL) oxygen (O2), carbon monoxide (CO), hydrogen sulfide (H2S), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and sulfur dioxide (SO2). The device is guaranteed for 3 years.

  • 4 gas monitor: Drager portable multi gas detector for oxygen O2,CO, H2S, NO2, and SO2 monitoring
  • Large LCD display for easy concentrations reading
  • High capacity battery for over 12 hours operation
  • Ergonomic and robust design, ATEX approved
  • Long-lasting specific sensors
  • Available with optional pump for remote sampling
  • Additional information
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Portable 4 gas monitor X-am 2500

The X-am 2500 portable 4 gas monitor has been especially designed to accurately monitor concentrations of 1 up to 4 gases:  combustible gas (0 - 100% LEL) oxygen (O2), carbon monoxide (CO), hydrogen sulfide (H2S), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and sulfur dioxide (SO2). The device is guaranteed for 3 years.

4 gas monitor: Drager portable multi gas detector for oxygen O2,CO, H2S, NO2, and SO2 monitoring
  • Large LCD display for easy concentrations reading
  • High capacity battery for over 12 hours operation
  • Ergonomic and robust design, ATEX approved
  • Long-lasting specific sensors
  • Available with optional pump for remote sampling
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Especially designed for use in hazardous atmospheres, the X-am 2500 portable multi gas detector is ATEX approved for zone 0 (permanent explosive atmosphere). This small 4 gas monitor can accurately and reliably detect the presence of up to 4 gases among O2 (oxygen), CO (carbon monoxide), H2S (hydrogen sulfide), NO2 (nitrogen dioxide) and SO2 (sulfur dioxide).

The powerful tiny sensors of the X-am 2500 multi gas detector allow safe and reliable detection of hazardous gases concentrations. Thus these high performance gas detection sensors are ideally well-suited for industrial applications and refineries. Moreover, thanks to their unique design, these gas detection sensors feature a long-lasting shelf life – up to 5 years for O2, CO and H2S sensors. This high sensor durability then enables reduction of gas detection related operating costs.

Thanks to its compact and lightweight design associated to a robust crocodile clip, the X-am 2500 portable 4 gas monitor can be easily and comfortably worn on a belt or on a collar without disturbing the user. Moreover, this portable multi gas  detector features several gas entries on the top and on the front in order to properly operate even if the device is inside a pocket or if one of the entries is accidentally covered. As a safety device against potentially dangerous gas concentrations, the X-am 2500 has a 3 years guarentee to ensure maximum security to its user.

The X-am 2500 portable gas monitor  features a large easy to read LCD display. All of the target gases are simultaneously displayed on the screen and once a gas alarm occurs, the hazardous target gas is highlighted for fast recognition of the hazard. The ultra-bright visual alarm can be seen at 360° and is coupled with acoustic 90 dB at 30 cm and vibrating alarms.

An optional gas sampling pump is available to draw remote samples up to 30 meters in order to get sure of gases concentrations in confined spaces like tanks or pits before any intervention. This gas sampling pump, designed for this 4 gas monitor, automatically triggers upon the device start-up and it is very easy for the user to switch from pump mode to diffusion mode without any tool.

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Carbon monoxide respiratory protection - CO

As carbon monoxide gas is toxic and asphyxiating implying severe risks of suffocation, it is recommended to wear a carbon monoxide respirator. It can be an open circuit self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) or a full-face respirator for carbon monoxide equipped with an ABEK1NOCO20-P3 combined filter for very short interventions at low concentration levels.

The CO / NO gas mask filter X-plore RD40 A1B2E2K1 Hg NO P3 RD / CO2O P3 RD “super” cartridge can purify air from gases including carbon monoxide (CO) and nitric oxide (NO) as well as particles and vapors. Equipped with active carbon, hopkalite, glass microfiber and cellulose fiber filters, this filter cartridge made of aluminium features a standard Rd40 connector thread.

  • Co / No gas mask filters X-plore for carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide protection by drager
  • Super cartridge against gases including CO and NO
  • Removes particles and water vapor
  • Enclosure made of resistant aluminium
  • Universal 40 mm connector thread
  • Ideal for X-plore 6300 full face mask
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CO / NO gas mask filters X-plore RD40

The CO / NO gas mask filter X-plore RD40 A1B2E2K1 Hg NO P3 RD / CO2O P3 RD “super” cartridge can purify air from gases including carbon monoxide (CO) and nitric oxide (NO) as well as particles and vapors. Equipped with active carbon, hopkalite, glass microfiber and cellulose fiber filters, this filter cartridge made of aluminium features a standard Rd40 connector thread.

Co / No gas mask filters X-plore for carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide protection by drager
  • Super cartridge against gases including CO and NO
  • Removes particles and water vapor
  • Enclosure made of resistant aluminium
  • Universal 40 mm connector thread
  • Ideal for X-plore 6300 full face mask
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Especially designed for industrial applications, the self-contained breathing apparatus R-Pas combines reliability, performance and comfort of use. Composed by an SCBA mask, a compressed air cylinder and a harness, the R-Pas complete set is provided in its carrying case.

  • complete SCBA set R-pas kit by Dräger: a full self-contained breathing apparatus in its carrying case
  • Efficient weight balance
  • Air supply hose and manometer integrated to the harness
  • Full face respiratory protective mask
  • Provided with high visibility orange carrying case
  • Well suited for use in ATEX zones
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R-Pas complete SCBA set with carrying case

Especially designed for industrial applications, the self-contained breathing apparatus R-Pas combines reliability, performance and comfort of use. Composed by an SCBA mask, a compressed air cylinder and a harness, the R-Pas complete set is provided in its carrying case.

complete SCBA set R-pas kit by Dräger: a full self-contained breathing apparatus in its carrying case
  • Efficient weight balance
  • Air supply hose and manometer integrated to the harness
  • Full face respiratory protective mask
  • Provided with high visibility orange carrying case
  • Well suited for use in ATEX zones
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Especially designed for use in industrial applications, the R-Pas set is a self-contained breathing apparatus with reduced maintenance needs. It combines performance, reliability and comfort of use.

Particularly lightweight and multifunction, this open-circuit SCBA is an ideal solution in presence of toxic gases or for use in poorly oxygenated environments. As it is compliant with the EN 137-2 standard, the R-Pas set is also recommended for fire interventions. Thus it is widely used by firefighters all around the world.

Delivered complete in its high visibility orange carrying case, the R-Pas is part of the latest generation of self-contained breathing apparatus. It is composed by an SCBA mask, a compressed air cylinder and a harness.

The harness is lightweight and easy to don. It is equipped with a factory pre-set flow regulator and a demand flow regulator. Thanks to its lightweight, antistatic and shock resistant design and rubber protection for the manometer, this harness is especially made for use in the harshest environments. Its harness is made of lightweight flameproof buckles, adjustable straps and rubber backplate highly resistant to chemical products. This way, the R-Pas SCBA is well-suited for fire situations. Moreover air supplying and manometer hoses are directly mounted into the harness backplate for better comfort.

The SCBA mask included in the R-Pas set is made of elastomer for easy adjustment and perfect fit with any shape of face. Thanks to its dual airtight seal and a 180° visor, this respiratory protective mask offers an outstanding comfort of use and a large distortion-free field of view for an excellent peripheral view. Furthermore this mask is provided with a specific bag in order not to be damaged or scratched during transport in the carrying case.

The compressed air cylinder that is also included in the R-Pas set is lightweight and robust. Made of lightened steel, this cylinder is equipped with an EN tap. Thanks to its 6 liters capacity at 300 bars, this compressed air cylinder provides clean air for approximately 40 minutes for safe interventions.

The high visibility orange carrying case has been especially designed to carry the full SCBA R-Pas set, including the connected cylinder and is ready for use.

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Equipped with a CO-P2 filter against fire-related gases, particles and toxic vapors, the Parat 5500 fire escape hood provides respiratory protection while escaping. With this EEBD the user has at least 15 minutes to evacuate a dangerous area.

  • drager Emergency escape hood PARAT 5500
  • Easy operation thanks to instructions and pictograms on the housing.
  • User friendly – wide field of view, anti-fog coating.
  • Universal size to fit everyone.
  • ATEX (0, 1, 2, 20, 21, 22 zones), DIN 58647-7 certified.
  • 16 years service life (provided the filter is changed after 8 years).
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Emergency escape hood PARAT 5500

Equipped with a CO-P2 filter against fire-related gases, particles and toxic vapors, the Parat 5500 fire escape hood provides respiratory protection while escaping. With this EEBD the user has at least 15 minutes to evacuate a dangerous area.

drager Emergency escape hood PARAT 5500
  • Easy operation thanks to instructions and pictograms on the housing.
  • User friendly – wide field of view, anti-fog coating.
  • Universal size to fit everyone.
  • ATEX (0, 1, 2, 20, 21, 22 zones), DIN 58647-7 certified.
  • 16 years service life (provided the filter is changed after 8 years).
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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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