Ventilation and Noise Control Resources

What You Need to Know about Heat Stress

Posted by Gary Leseman, P.E. on Aug 25, 2015 2:20:00 PM

Heat stress is a very real concern in hot weather. Not only can it have a detrimental effect on machinery but of a more major concern, it can be very hazardous and even fatal to people exposed to hot work areas. Luckily, there are precautions you can take to prevent heat stress.

The Effect of Extreme Heat on the Body

As OSHA explains, heat becomes a hazard for workers when the ambient temperature reaches close to body temperature. This makes it difficult for the body to regulate its own temperature. As the ambient temperature rises, it becomes increasingly difficult for the body to cool itself through the normal process of perspiring. When this happens, heat gets retained within the body, which can lead to impaired cognition, fainting, or even death.

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Topics: Offshore Ventilation, Gas Pipeline, General Ventilation

6 Considerations for Pipeline Compressor Building Ventilation

Posted by Fred Mott on Mar 25, 2015 3:12:00 PM

Ventilating a gas pipeline compressor building requires more than just purchasing a couple fans. In our experience, each facility is unique in its own way so there’s not a one-size-fits-all solution for pipeline compressor station ventilation.

Taking into account the following 6 factors will bring you closer to a smart solution for compressor station ventilation.

1. How do I determine the correct air change rate?

Any enclosed compressor building will require a certain number of air changes per hour. At the point where a natural gas pipeline meets a compressor, there can be some leakage into the air. If too much gas builds up in the air, not only can it be hazardous for workers’ health, but a small spark from an electrical component could potentially cause a fire or explosion. 

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Topics: Gas Pipeline

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