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In life, in business, in the ordinary course of doing things, there is a certain level of risk that comes with just existing. Granted, as individuals or as business people, we will do a calculation of sorts before undertaking riskier risks. For example, we weigh likelihoods against less risky alternatives against convenience against cost. And, at the end of the analysis, we often resign ourselves to certain things that we don’t like, but simply accept because there are no better, cost-effective alternatives available at the present time. These are the “necessary evils” in life. That is the category into which SF6 might properly be placed . . . until now.
Byproducts of Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6) Use in the Electric Power Industry, and the Serious Health and Safety Concerns
While sulfur hexafluoride SF6 is inert during normal use, when electrical discharges occur within SF6-filled equipment, toxic byproducts can be produced that pose a threat to the health of workers who come into contact with them. This paper discusses those byproducts and how they are formed, summarizes relevant health and safety concerns, and outlines handling, detection, safety procedures and guidelines.