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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.

CAS TWA (8 hours) STEL (15 minutes) LEL IP Density / Air Filter / SCBA
2551-62-4 1 000 ppm 19.3 eV 5.11 SCBA

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.

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.

  • Fxed 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.

Fxed 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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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
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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 IR148 detector is an aspirated gas detection system. This gas detection monitor features from 1 to 8 aspiration channels to detect presence of hazardous gases.

  • Fixed gas detector IR148
  • Infrared technology gas detection
  • Measuring range from 0 to 1,000 ppm
  • Response time update every 7 seconds
  • 3 alarm levels to activate sirens and alarm signals
  • Available in both fixed or portable versions
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Aspirated gas detector – IR148

The IR148 detector is an aspirated gas detection system. This gas detection monitor features from 1 to 8 aspiration channels to detect presence of hazardous gases.

Fixed gas detector IR148
  • Infrared technology gas detection
  • Measuring range from 0 to 1,000 ppm
  • Response time update every 7 seconds
  • 3 alarm levels to activate sirens and alarm signals
  • Available in both fixed or portable versions
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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.

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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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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With more than a million firefighters throughout the world who trust SCOTT safety equipment and support service, PROPAK is firefighter’s first choice.

  • Open-circuit self-contained breathing apparatus
  • PrEN137:2002, EN139 approvals – firefighting equipment
  • Tempest demand valve
  • Pressure indicator & warning whistle
  • Stainless steel swifel hose
  • Optional IRIS system (Integrated Radio Information System)
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Self-contained breathing apparatus – PROPAK

With more than a million firefighters throughout the world who trust SCOTT safety equipment and support service, PROPAK is firefighter’s first choice.

Open-circuit self-contained breathing apparatus
  • PrEN137:2002, EN139 approvals – firefighting equipment
  • Tempest demand valve
  • Pressure indicator & warning whistle
  • Stainless steel swifel hose
  • Optional IRIS system (Integrated Radio Information System)
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FLITE respiratory protective equipment is well-suited for many industrial applications where the oxygen rate cannot be guaranteed.

  • Compressed air supply
  • Lightweight user-friendly harness with safety belt
  • Tempest positive pressure demand valve
  • Constant flow bypass function
  • Optional escape cylinder
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Airline respirator – FLITE

FLITE respiratory protective equipment is well-suited for many industrial applications where the oxygen rate cannot be guaranteed.

Airline system FLITE
  • Compressed air supply
  • Lightweight user-friendly harness with safety belt
  • Tempest positive pressure demand valve
  • Constant flow bypass function
  • Optional escape cylinder
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