HCN Monitors

hcn monitors detect and display levels of hydrogen cyanide (HCN) gas on a digital screen. These handheld units have long battery life, a belt clip, and LED and buzzer alarms. They are used in plating operations, prescious metal reclamation, chemical manufacturing, and other hazardous applications. Several different brands of Hcn monitors are available, and they come in both portable and wall-mounted models

What does HCN stand for?

HCN is a poison that interferes with oxygen usage in the body, causing cell respiration to cease and eventually leading to a heart attack and respiratory failure. It also causes a painful burning sensation in the eyes, nose, and throat. Hydrogen cyanide is one of the dangerous “toxic twins” (along with carbon monoxide) that first responders can encounter during firefighting operations, due to polyurethane foams releasing HCN during combustion.

Other industrial uses of hydrogen cyanide include fumigation, mining, and electroplating, and it can be emitted by reactions such as acid decomposition or combustion. HCN gas detectors are required for personal protection in areas where hydrogen cyanide is present, and they can quickly identify HCN leaks to prevent disasterous outcomes. The most common type of hcn gas detector is a portable unit with an HCN sensor that can be clipped to a worker’s clothing, but wall-mounted units are also available for continuous monitoring and notification of a potential hydrogen cyanide leak. They are able to record event data that can be downloaded to a computer for analysis and reporting purposes.