Playing it safe – Toxic Gas Concerns in Agribusiness

November 18, 2015

Precautions around silos, manure pits and grain bins

You already know how important it is to wear effective protective equipment on the job to prevent injury and illness. In agriculture, air-purifying respirators, powered air purifiers, gas masks and air-supplied respirators are crucial for preventing long-term damage.

However, engineering controls and personal protective equipment are just the first lines of defence against toxic gases. It is also important to know what kinds of poisonous substances you work around so you can identify symptoms and warning signs.

The following toxic gases are commonly found in and around agricultural buildings, especially silos, manure pits and grain bins. Use this information to better equip yourself to stay safe on the job and identify when hazards exist.

Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S)


Ammonia (NH3)


Carbon Dioxide (CO2)


Methane (CH4)


Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2)

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