If you work in oil and gas fields, you may have had a whiff of Hydrogen Sulfide, or H2S gas. In small concentrations, it smells like rotten eggs, but when more pervasive, can have a sweet smell. It’s anything but sweet, though—even at low levels, it can cause persistent headaches and make it difficult for you to breathe. Greater exposure can cause serious health problems or even lead to death.
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Also known as swamp gas, sewer gas, sour damp or stink damp, H2S gas is a natural byproduct in sewers, oil and gas wells, well water, manure pits and volcanoes.
It can be found in a number of industrial settings, including oil and gas refining, pulp and paper processing, tanning and mining. It’s colorless and can often be difficult to initially detect, as it’s heavier than air and tends to accumulate in low-lying and compact spaces. Exposure to minimal levels for long periods of time can lead to nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite and loss of smell. In high concentrations, it can result in virtually instantaneous death.
Because of the inherent dangers associated with Hydrogen Sulfide gas, OSHA has strict limits on potential exposure in industrial settings. The technology exists to minimize the risk of H2S gas exposure, but many companies either fail to put appropriate measures in place, or don’t properly monitor the workplace for evidence of Hydrogen Sulfide.
At the Law Offices of Bailey & Galyen, we have the experience, knowledge, skill and resources to help you fully recover from any loss caused by exposure to Hydrogen Sulfide or H2S gas. Over the past four decades, we have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for our personal injury clients. If you have any questions about an H2S gas exposure injury or any other accident, call us at (844) 402-2992 for an appointment.