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Hydrogen Chloride (HCl) Gas Detectors

Most hydrogen chloride (HCl) is used in the production of hydrochloric acid. It is also an important reagent in other industrial chemical transformations, such as the hydrochlorination of rubber and the production of vinyl and alkyl chlorides. Other industries or applications where high levels of hydrogen chloride may occur include petrochemical facilities, cotton production, metal pickling, rubber manufacturing, and semiconductor production.

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Characteristics of Hydrogen Chloride

Hydrogen Chloride is a colorless to slightly yellow corrosive gas with a pungent, irritating odor. Although not considered a combustible gas, it may react or form combustible compounds when contact is made with alcohol and hydrogen cyanide or with aluminum-titanium alloys. Dissolving Hydrogen chloride in water will yield a strong highly corrosive acid. It is for this reason that HCl is a strong irritant to the eyes, nose, and upper respiratory tract. Levels of 35 ppm can cause irritation to the throat even after a very short period of time.

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HYDROGEN CHLORIDE - HCl

Hazard:
Non-flammable
Classification:
Health
Extremely toxic
Classification:
Oxidizing
Oxidizing agent
Synonyms:
Anhydrous Hydrochloric Acid, Chlorohydric Acid, Hydrochloride, Spirits of Salt,Muriatic Acid
Exposure limits:
(OSHA)
PEL\TWA: 5 ppm
(ACGIH)
STEL: N/A
(OSHA)
IDLH: 50 ppm
Industries:
Vinyl and cotton production, semi-conductor crystals etching, petroleum and gas wells, steel manufacturing

Effects of Various HCl Levels

HCL Level in PPM
Resulting Conditions on Humans
.25
Odor threshold.
5
Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL).
35
Irritation to the eyes, nose, throat even after a short period of time.
50
Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH).
1,300-2,000
Death in 2-3 minutes.

How to Detect Hydrogen Chloride

With a lifetime warranty, the MX6 iBrid® multi-gas detector can simultaneously monitor up to six gases, including hydrogen chloride, oxygen, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and other toxic and combustible gases.

Multi-Gas Monitor

MX6 iBrid

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Area Monitor

Radius BZ1

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