Toxic, Flammable, and Pyrophoric Gas Monitoring:
Gas monitoring may be required when highly toxic, toxic, flammable, or pyrophoric (spontaneously combustible in air) gas use is planned. Under some conditions, oxygen monitoring is required in locations with compressed and liquefied inert gases. Lower Explosive Limit (LEL) monitoring is required in locations such as storage areas for flammable gases and chemicals.
During new design and construction projects, the monitor type, alarm set points, automated actions, and notifications are determined by the project design review team. This is based on MIT EHS and Facilities specifications, code requirements, building infrastructure, and research needs.
Existing labs that wish to bring hazardous compressed gases into an existing lab, should contact EHS to determine if monitoring should be conducted and what options are available.