23 Feb 2010
Ammonia is commonly used as a commercial refrigerant in large industrial refrigerators. Refrigeration grade ammonia is 99.98% pure. In refrigeration system, ammonia is liquefied under pressure.
Exposure to ammonia could lead to burning of the nose, throat and respiratory tract, skin or eye irritation, and in severe cases, blindness and death, Contact with liquefied ammonia could also lead to fostbite injury and corrosive burns.
Ammonia leaks can occur from corroded pipes, failure of seals and valves, and blockages. These could arise due to lack of safety awareness and procedures, lack of management focus on safety, and poor maintenance regime.
Click here for the fact sheet providing recommendations on the prevention of ammonia leaks, and on working safely with ammonia .
Lipid disorders are a group of medical conditions which refer to excessive levels of fatty substances in the bloodstream. These fatty substances include cholesterol and triglycerides. An excess of ‘bad’ cholesterol and triglycerides increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. For more information on management of lipid disorders, please click here .