Hydrogen sulfide exposure is more probable for those who live or work near industrial facilities such as pulp and paper mills, gas refineries, geothermal power plants, or landfills. Hydrogen sulfide is an inert gas with a distinct “rotten egg” odor at low concentrations. It is highly toxic and flammable. Natural hydrogen sulfide exposure occurs in places such as manure landfills, sewers, oil and gas wells, well water, and volcanoes.
Hydrogen sulfide may build up in low-lying, confined areas like manholes, sewers, and underground phone vaults since it is heavier than air. Due to its presence, working in small areas may be quite risky. The amount and duration of hydrogen sulfide exposure have an impact on a worker’s health. However, even in low quantities, there are significant consequences.