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A STOKESLEY firm has launched new technology aimed at enhancing the safety of workers in the hospitality industry.

Analox Sensor Technology, which employs 54 staff, has developed a device which can detect both high levels of carbon dioxide carbon dioxide, chemical compound, CO2, a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is about one and one-half times as dense as air under ordinary conditions of temperature and pressure.  and low levels of oxygen, which are both dangerous conditions which can occur when using beer and soft drinks gas systems.

Exposure to high levels of carbon dioxide, particularly in an enclosed space Noun 1. enclosed space - space that is surrounded by something
cavity

space - an empty area (usually bounded in some way between things); "the architect left space in front of the building"; "they stopped at an open space in the jungle"; "the space between
, can lead to dizziness dizziness: see vertigo. , confusion and ultimately unconsciousness while low oxygen levels can be fatal.

Carbon dioxide is used in bars and pubs, hotels, breweries and restaurants across the world in the gas systems for beers and soft drinks, and a number of incidents have raised awareness of the risks involved.

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 occur it will go undetected by human senses, so Analox has launched the Aspida - a device which could save lives in the global hospitality industry.

The gas analyser will sound an alert if dangerous gas levels are detected and, if the wearer does not respond, a 110 decibel decibel (dĕs`əbĕl', –bəl), abbr. dB, unit used to measure the loudness of sound. It is one tenth of a bel (named for A. G. Bell), but the larger unit is rarely used.  'man down' alarm will sound to attract the attention of colleagues.

Analox managing director, Mark Lewis, said: "Without technology such as this, potentially fatal situations would go undetected. In the case of a serious gas leak, the Aspida is designed to save lives."

Analox has been involved in the hospitality sector for 15 years, but it also has major contracts in the defence, diving and industrial sectors.

Earlier this year the firm landed a two-year, pounds 500,000 contract with the Ministry of Defence to supply air safety devices to 72 submarines.

The company, which expects to become a pounds 12m-a-year enterprise within five years, has also supplied devices to the Australian Navy.

The emergency analysers are designed to be used in the event of a distressed submarine which has lost power and is unable to surface.

The device accurately monitors oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, pressure and temperature inside the submarine escape compartment. This information is then used to inform critical decisions and maximise the survival of crew members.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 21, 2009
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