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Sulphur hexafluoride – SF6

This page features information on sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), appropriate detection means – SF6 gas detector – and respiratory protective equipment (self-contained breathing apparatus and supplied air respirator).

SF6 gas detector and sulfur hexafluoride respiratory protection

Sulfur hexafluoride properties

Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) is mainly used for electrical applications because of its insulating properties. That’s why it can be used in electrical cabinets, power transformers and capacitors… It is also used as a tracer for detecting gas leaks or monitoring freon-powered cooling systems. It is applied in the medical field as well as a contrasting agent for cardiac and vascular examination.

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Sulfur hexafluoride SF6 gas hazards

Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) is colorless, odorless, heavier than air and is not considered as toxic. However it is suffocating at high concentrations (it replaces oxygen) just like inert gases (also called noble gases). Sulfur hexafluoride has no lower and upper explosive limits but can severely react with disilane and form a dangerous explosive gas mixture.

SF6 easily hydrolyses into fluorinated compounds in water (thionyl fluoride and hydrogen fluoride) that are extremely toxic and corrosive substances. And it is part of the six gases responsible of greenhouse effects covered by the Kyoto Protocol (one kilogram exhausted in the air equals around 23,000 kg of carbon dioxide (CO2) on the long run).

SF6 gas detector - Sulfur hexafluoride

As sulfur hexafluoride can absolutely not be detected without proper equipment (odorless and colorless gas), only an SF6 detector can accurately measure concentrations of this asphyxiating gas and properly monitor SF6 gas hazards. Thus it is advised to use a fixed or portable sulfur hexafluoride detection device or complete system.

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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The RD99 refrigerant gas leak detector can detect almost any refrigerant gas: CFC (R11, R12, R13), HCFC (R22, R500, R502), HCF (R134a, R123, R125, R23), R404A R407C R410A.

  • Portable gas detector RD99
  • Detection of refrigerant gas micro-leaks including R11, R12, R13, R22, R502, R500, R134a, R123, R125, R23, R404A, R407C, R410a
  • Detector response time below a second
  • Easy operation from first use
  • Complies with EN 14624/ EN 35422
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Refrigerant gas leak detector – FREON – RD99

The RD99 refrigerant gas leak detector can detect almost any refrigerant gas: CFC (R11, R12, R13), HCFC (R22, R500, R502), HCF (R134a, R123, R125, R23), R404A R407C R410A.

Portable gas detector RD99
  • Detection of refrigerant gas micro-leaks including R11, R12, R13, R22, R502, R500, R134a, R123, R125, R23, R404A, R407C, R410a
  • Detector response time below a second
  • Easy operation from first use
  • Complies with EN 14624/ EN 35422
Additional information

The RD99 refrigerant gas leak detector is a portable monitor equipped with a probe especially designed to detect CFC (chlorofluorocarbons), HCFC (hydrochlorofluorocarbon) and HFC (hydrofluorocarbon). The RD99 freon gas detector suits perfectly in monitoring operations for household equipment (such as leak monitoring of refrigerant gases used in air conditioners) as for commercial or industrial structures or even air conditioning systems in cars and other vehicles.

 

Thanks to its high sensitivity sensor that uses the photoionization technology, this portable gas detector can measure refrigerant gas concentrations. The RD99 moreover features a dual sensitivity detection switch in order to detect even the smallest gas leaks.

 

Wit its relatively compact size, the RD99 refrigerant gas detector is easily portable and can operate continuously during 11 hours or around 3 months in normal use. Its 4 light indicators display enables easy reading of the present gas concentration level and the sound intensity of its audible alarm will vary according to the concentration. A special light indicator furthermore activates in case of low battery status. The RD99 uses a 9V alkaline battery and 6 LR6 batteries.

 

Its 400 mm flexible “gooseneck” probe appears to be convenient to reach difficult access areas or confined spaces. If this probe is not used, it can be easily housed in the device protective rubber sleeve.

 

This handheld device features two sensitivity levels that allow operators to detect even the smallest freon leak. Thanks to its two alarm thresholds, the RD99 portable gas detector features an increasing audible alarm as the operator approaches the gas leak source. Its photoionization sensor allows a swift and accurate detection of the refrigerant gases with a response time below a second.

 

Its rugged housing features a strong overmold made of rubber and has an ergonomic shape in order for any operator to use this detector with only one hand.

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The Satellite XT is a fixed gas detector with interchangeable sensors. It is especially designed to continuously monitor hazardous concentrations of gases.

Detected gases: AsH3, BBr3, B2H6, BCl3, BF3, Br2, C2H4O, Cl2, ClF3, ClO2, CO, COCl2, F2, GeH4, H2, H2S, H2Se, HBr, HCl, HCN, HF, HMDS, MCF, MMH, N2H4, NH3, NO, NO2, O2, O3, PH3, POCl3, SiCl4, SiHCl3, SO2,TBA, TBP, TDMAT, TEOS, TMB, TMP, UDMH, WF6.

  • Fixed gas detector Satellite XT
  • Pyrolysis module detection: C4F6, C5F8, CH3F, DCE 1.2, NF3, SF6
  • Pre-calibrated interchangeable sensors, easy maintenance
  • 4-20mA linear output
  • 3 optional single-pole relays
  • Optional remote measure (up to 3 meters)
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Toxic corrosive & combustible gas detector – satellite xt

The Satellite XT is a fixed gas detector with interchangeable sensors. It is especially designed to continuously monitor hazardous concentrations of gases.

Detected gases: AsH3, BBr3, B2H6, BCl3, BF3, Br2, C2H4O, Cl2, ClF3, ClO2, CO, COCl2, F2, GeH4, H2, H2S, H2Se, HBr, HCl, HCN, HF, HMDS, MCF, MMH, N2H4, NH3, NO, NO2, O2, O3, PH3, POCl3, SiCl4, SiHCl3, SO2,TBA, TBP, TDMAT, TEOS, TMB, TMP, UDMH, WF6.

Fixed gas detector Satellite XT
  • Pyrolysis module detection: C4F6, C5F8, CH3F, DCE 1.2, NF3, SF6
  • Pre-calibrated interchangeable sensors, easy maintenance
  • 4-20mA linear output
  • 3 optional single-pole relays
  • Optional remote measure (up to 3 meters)
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Sulfur hexafluoride respiratory protection - SF6

As SF6 gas is asphyxiating and features many risks of suffocation, it is recommended to wear an opened-circuit self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) or an air supplying respirator for long-term interventions.

Designed for use in harsh conditions, the PAS Micro short duration self-contained breathing apparatus combines ease of use, durability, flexibility and robustness. Particularly resistant, it is an ideal solution for short duration interventions.

  • self-contained breathing apparatus – Pas Micro by Drager
  • Ergonomic design
  • Robust and resistant system
  • Integrated manometer
  • Possibility to add and external air supply
  • Compatible with Panorama Nova and FPS7000 masks
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PAS Micro short duration self-contained breathing apparatus

Designed for use in harsh conditions, the PAS Micro short duration self-contained breathing apparatus combines ease of use, durability, flexibility and robustness. Particularly resistant, it is an ideal solution for short duration interventions.

self-contained breathing apparatus – Pas Micro by Drager
  • Ergonomic design
  • Robust and resistant system
  • Integrated manometer
  • Possibility to add and external air supply
  • Compatible with Panorama Nova and FPS7000 masks
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Especially designed for short duration intervention in extreme conditions, the PAS Micro self-contained breathing apparatus is particularly lightweight (2 kg). Composed by a harness, a belt and a backplate, the device is designed to enhance the comfort of the user. Made from flexible, robust and antistatic materials, this breathing device suits perfectly in any morphology. The innovative material of this SCBA is resistant to extreme temperatures – from -30 up to +70°C. The backplate and shoulder straps are padded with foam. The device is also machine washable.

 

This self-contained breathing apparatus can use 2 or 3 liters compressed air cylinders made of aluminium, steel or composite material under 200 or 300 bar. The user is able to check cylinder pressure at any time thanks to an accurate manometer integrated to the belt for easy reading.

 

Initially made for use with a compressed a air cylinder, the PAS Micro can also be used with an external air supply thanks to an airline connection. It can then be connected to a compressed air network or a breathing air cart for example. An optional automatic reverser can easily and automatically switch between an external air supply to a cylinder.

 

The PAS Micro SCBA is compatible with Panorama Nova masks and the FPS7000 range of full face masks.

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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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The X-plore 9300 is a supplied air respirator that provides constant air flow to its user. Especially designed for simple industrial applications, this device offers comfort of use and improved safety.

  • The X-plore 9300 supplied air respirator by Drager, SAR system for better safety
  • 3 to 10 bar inlet pressure
  • Integrated pressure reducer
  • Safe air flow adjustment
  • Robust and easy to use
  • Additional information
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Supplied air respirator X-plore 9300

The X-plore 9300 is a supplied air respirator that provides constant air flow to its user. Especially designed for simple industrial applications, this device offers comfort of use and improved safety.

The X-plore 9300 supplied air respirator by Drager, SAR system for better safety
  • 3 to 10 bar inlet pressure
  • Integrated pressure reducer
  • Safe air flow adjustment
  • Robust and easy to use
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The X-plore 9300 supplied air respirator system – or SAR - features enhanced functions such as a patented pressure reducer or a self-check function to provide optimal comfort of use and improved safety. Especially designed for simple industrial applications, the X-plore 9300 provides a continuous air flow to its user.

In compliance with the EN 14954 standard, the X-plore 9300 airline respirator is a compact and lightweight device – less than 0.5 kg – that shall be worn on belt. Thanks to supply hose connectors, this supplied air respirator system provides constant air flow into a facepiece (respiratory protective mask, full hood or half-hood) with increased flexibility. Fully compatible with the X-plore 8000 SAR facepieces series, the X-plore 9300 airline respirator also features a pressure regulator that enables user to adjust the injected air flow between 200 and 1,200 liters per minute. It can also be used with helmets and protective visors.

The integrated auto test function automatically turns on once the device is powered. Thanks to this function, the user doesn’t need to control the proper operation of the device before each use. This way, users significantly gain time to operate. An alarm whistle is added to this auto test unit in order to indicate that the device can properly operate and to alert in case of insufficient air supply. Moreover, this supplied air respirator system requires no particular maintenance. Spare parts of this device can also be easily replaced at lower cost.

Particularly robust and easy to use, the X-plore 9300 SAR has been designed for use in demanding environments and is even approved for use in potentially explosive areas.

The X-plore 9300 constant flow supplied air respirator system is compatible with a whole range of accessories including standard belt, leather belt or decontaminable belt but also a range of 3 to 50 meters air supply hoses for hoods, helmets or visors. The X-plore 9300 can also be connected to the X-plore 4740 half-mask or to the X-plore 6300, Panorama or FPS 700 full face masks.

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CEN-PAQ is very convenient and ideal for short interventions (15, 20 or 30 minutes), highly polluted environment applications or for emergency rescue in confined space or stale environment.

  • High visibility fireproof jacket with VELCRO fastener
  • Warning whistle and pressure gauge
  • Vision3, Promask or Panaseal full face masks
  • Stainless steel or composite compressed air cylinder
  • Compliant with EN137, EN136; EN139 standards
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Self-contained breathing apparatus – CEN-PAQ

CEN-PAQ is very convenient and ideal for short interventions (15, 20 or 30 minutes), highly polluted environment applications or for emergency rescue in confined space or stale environment.

Self-contained breathing apparatus CEN-PAQ
  • High visibility fireproof jacket with VELCRO fastener
  • Warning whistle and pressure gauge
  • Vision3, Promask or Panaseal full face masks
  • Stainless steel or composite compressed air cylinder
  • Compliant with EN137, EN136; EN139 standards
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