Specialty gases serve a number of essential purposes, but it’s just as important for distributors and users to be mindful of the best practices for safe regulation and purity. All major gas manufacturers provide specialty pure gases in several grades, ranging from high purity (99.998% min. purity) to ultra-high purity (99.999% min. purity) to research grade (99.9999% min. purity). Impurities in your specialty gases and calibration gas cylinders can easily lead to the potential for further and more serious problems. Here are just a few regulation and safety tips all specialty gas users and distributors should keep in mind.
Watch For Regulator Failure
If you’re working with any gases that have corrosive properties, it’s essential to monitor and watch closely for signs of regulator failure. Otherwise, the corrosive gases that aren’t right for the regulator can make their way into its inner working and cause severe damage to the several components of the regulator. Though stainless steel is frequently used for corrosives, it isn’t a one size fits all solution.
Use a Proper Purging System
Many distributors and specialty gas users aren’t aware of the fact that changing calibration gas cylinders introduces a number of impurities into the system. With this in mind, it’s ideal to use a purging system regularly to safely filter out these impurities and prevent them from spreading further into the system. There are many different types of purging systems available, and each can manage various types of applications.
Replace Regulators Regularly
In order to ensure prolonged and optimal performance, your regulators need to be replaced at regular intervals. The industry standard is around five years, but this also depends on application. For example, a regulator used with inert gas once in awhile could last eight to 10 years, while a regulator working with chlorine or ammonia may last just a year or two.
Overall, a report done by Grand View Research predicts that cost reduction, yield improvement and performance optimization are projected to drive the global the specialty gas market over a six-year timespan (2014-2020). Knowing how to accurately assess and deal with potential risks on a day to day basis is the key to staying safe and maintaining purity standards. For more information about calibration gas cylinders, contact Mesa Gas.