Landfill Gas Analysers
Landfill gas emissions present a variety of hazards that need to be monitored and managed. These hazards require continuous monitoring as they can persist throughout a landfill site’s lifecycle. The main hazard concerning landfills is the subsequent production and accumulation of gas emissions. Landfill sites that have unsafe levels of gasses can risk serious injury, loss of life and extensive property damage.
Portable gas analysers are devices that can help measure and monitor landfill gasses and are available for sale and rental at your local Air-Met office.
Contact us today to discuss the most suitable gas analyser for your contaminated land monitoring requirements.
Landfill Gas Hazards
Landfill gas is created by a range of conditions including organic materials, moisture content, nutrients, anaerobic bacteria, among others. Over time, these products will degrade, producing harmful gasses as a by-product. The build-up of these gasses can present many hazards that can be measured and identified by portable multi-gas analysers such as the GA5000 Landfill Gas Analyser or the Envision Gas Analyser. By actively monitoring gas volumes throughout the lifecycle of landfill, most risks can be managed and mitigated.
The most prominent gas produced by landfills is methane (CH4). Methane is a naturally occurring gas that is tasteless and odourless. The gas is highly dangerous if it builds up in high quantities as it can combust in situations where the air comprises a concentration between 5-15% methane. In a typical landfill site, methane generally makes up between 45-58% of the present landfill gasses. As such, methane levels must be actively monitored to identify the concentration as well as locate any potential leaks. A portable multi-gas analyser, like the Inspectra Laser Portable Leak Detectors, is recommended to measure the levels of methane as well as other gasses commonly produced by landfill.
Complying with Landfill Environmental Guidelines
Other gasses commonly found in landfill include Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Oxygen (O2), Nitrogen (N2), and Hydrogen (H2). These gasses contribute to risks involved when managing landfill and can lead to serious health and safety issues, as well as land contamination. As such, regulations have been published by the respective EPA organisations in most Australian states that set out the acceptable levels of each gas.
Air-Met Scientific offer a range of portable landfill gas monitors and analysers that can be used to take spot readings as well as continuous landfill gas monitors such as the GasClam2 Ground Gas Monitor which provides long term continuous gas data.
Contact your local Air-Met Scientific office today to discuss the right landfill gas analysers for your contaminated land monitoring requirements.