People entering manure pits without taking proper precautions are at risk of dying from high exposures to hydrogen sulfide gas. Guidance on manure pit operations from ASABE specify the need to monitor these spaces prior to entry. These fact sheets provide guidance on the risks of entering manure storage pits, why and how to monitor for manure gases, and information about foaming manure pits. The videos are from a special session on Pit Foam and Producer Safety at the 2016 Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines, IA.
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Laboratory study of low-cost hydrogen sulfide monitor performance, in the Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health, 23(4): 265-279. Click to view: Abstract or more information.
Manure Gas Awareness (Click to view PDF).
Manure Pit Gas Monitoring Guidance (Click to view PDF ).
Foaming Manure Pit Dangers (Click to view PDF).
Gas Monitor List (with Pricing, for Consideration in Swine Barn Activities) (Click to view PDF).
For details on single-gas monitors for hydrogen sulfide, click on the image:
(click on title to read the article)
Pit Foam and Producer Safety: Hazards and Prevention of Airborne Exposures and Risks
(View on SwineCast or view silent version of slides, below)
– Dr. Renée Anthony, Iowa Pork Congress, 2016
Hydrogen Sulfide and Your Safety
– Dr. Dan Andersen, Iowa Pork Congress, 2016
Pit Foam and Producer Safety
– Leon Sheets, Iowa Pork Congress, 2016
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Reports
Investigations of manure gas fatalities in the GPCAH region (Click on case to see the report)
Infographics on Using Monitors in Agriculture
- Why Use Monitors? Health Effects and Sources
- Gas Monitors: Bump Checks