How Rugged are Your Gas Detectors?

Everyone knows that industrial gas detectors are supposed to be rugged, but standards in quality can vary greatly depending on the instrument and manufacturer. If you’re frustrated with poor workmanship, having to put garbage bags over your area monitors when it rains, for example, or constantly sending dropped personal gas detectors in for warranty replacements, you’re not alone. The time and money spent on making sure... Read More

The Unseen Hazards of Wastewater Treatment Plants

The Unseen Hazards of Wastewater Treatment Plants You see them and drive past them all the time. Every community has one. Chances are that a close neighbor, one of your best friends, or even a member of your family may work in one. When low pressure sets in, and the wind blows in the right direction, the stench is horrific. But the smell is only a hint to the abundant hazards that you might encounter when working at a wastewater treatment plant. The potential for slips,... Read More

Are You Still Playing “Clue” with Your Gas Detection Program?

Are You Still Playing “Clue” with Your Gas Detection Program? For many people, the board game Clue, was their first venture into the world of investigation. Players move around the board, gathering facts about a recent murder and eliminating possibilities, to piece together a conclusion like “Ms. Peacock killed Colonel Mustard in the study with a candlestick.” This beloved, somewhat ominous children’s game highlights the importance of answering the big five questions when an incident... Read More

How to Use the New Ventis Slide-on Pump

If you’re someone who needs a gas monitor for both personal protection and confined space monitoring, you might be carrying around multiple gas detectors to do the job. Why carry around unnecessary monitors when one flexible instrument will do the trick? The new Ventis Slide-on Pump is compatible with both Ventis™ MX4 and Ventis™ Pro Series Multi-Gas Monitors and is ideal for workers who typically wear their gas... Read More

Why is it Called a Bump Test Anyway?

Coal Mines and Canaries The first real form of gas detection was the canary in a coal mine. Canaries were used because they would fall victim to the effects of carbon monoxide and other poisonous gases well before miners, and as a result, alert the miners to changes in the atmosphere of the mine. The miners were betting their lives, and the lives of the rest of the miners, on the bright yellow birds. Each day the miners... Read More

Top 3 Ways iAssign Beacons Improve Workplace Safety

Top 3 Ways iAssign Beacons Improve Workplace Safety What are Bluetooth beacons? Most people today are using Bluetooth technology in their daily lives. Bluetooth (also known as Bluetooth Low Energy or BLE) is embedded in many of our favorite consumer products and does a great job of making our lives more convenient and efficient. It’s likely that your car, computer, smartphone, and entertainment center all employ Bluetooth technology to wirelessly transmit information. Just... Read More

Get Gas Detection Training on Your Schedule

Get Gas Detection Training on Your Schedule According to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), there were 4,821 workers killed on the job in 2014. These fatalities range from slips and falls, to improper use of respiratory protection. My experience as a gas detection training specialist has taught me that it is important to make sure that all workers within a company are properly trained on the equipment they use. I have often seen someone power on a... Read More

Area Monitors for Confined Space Entries – Part II

If you’ve ever worked around a confined space, you’ve probably seen or heard about an incident involving missed alarms. Perhaps the attendant set the gas monitor on the ground and stepped away to sign paperwork or respond to a radio call. Because of noise from nearby machinery, the attendant completely failed to notice that the gas monitor went into alarm, and he could not see it because it was on the ground. Powerful alarms... Read More

Why Choose LENS Wireless over Wi-Fi?

LENS Wireless can provide several advantages over Wi-Fi. We’ve come to expect that Wi-Fi is everywhere nowadays including at work, in neighborhood coffee shops, malls, sporting venues, and even at your grocery store. The flexibility to be connected on your mobile or smart device means that you can have access to your data any time, nearly anywhere. But the downside of those public networks is that they are unsecured, meaning... Read More

Are All Carbon Monoxide Sensors the Same?

Are All Carbon Monoxide Sensors the Same? The short answer is – no, all carbon monoxide (CO) sensors are not the same. CO sensors are found in gas monitors used by workers conducting their jobs in environments where toxic CO gas might be present. With CO being a result of incomplete combustion, it can be found in the majority of industries and poses a big threat to workers today. While most CO sensors are based on the same electro-chemistry, there are many different... Read More

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