Understanding Cross Sensitivities Can Help to Keep Workers Safer

Cross Sensitivity in the Workplace Toxic, combustible, and asphyxiant gases pose some of the greatest threats to workplace safety. In some cases, you may be unsure which gases could be present in your work environment. Fortunately, many different options are available to detect gases in a facility. For example, you could collect a sample and have it analyzed with a mass spectrometer to get an exact reading of what is in the... Read More

Case Study: Gas Detector Battery Life Excels During Plant Shutdown

Case Study: Gas Detector Battery Life Excels During Plant Shutdown Continuous operational processes at an industrial plant are typically shut down 5% or less per year, yet 70% of major accidents occur during non-routine (start-up, plant shutdown, or online maintenance) operations. [i] Why? The situation during a plant shutdown is completely different from a normal day. Processes are stopped, equipment is emptied and opened, and the amount of people and moving vehicles including trucks and... Read More

Bump Testing Gas Detectors Should Be Second Nature

Bump Testing Gas Detectors Should Be Second Nature You wouldn’t drive a vehicle without putting on your seat belt. You wouldn’t ride a bike without putting on a helmet. You don’t go to bed at night without locking your doors. Everyday practices like these create good habits that make our lives easier and safer. When it comes to gas detection, safe and simple practices like these are no different. Gas detectors that are used every day require the same type of attention. You... Read More

Case Study: Proactive Safety with Radius BZ1 & Ventis Pro

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the United States provides a comprehensive publication entitled “Hydraulic Fracturing and Flowback Hazards Other than Respirable Silica.” It includes sections on hazards during transport, during mixing and injection, hazards during pressure pumping and flowback operation, and possible gas encounters. Many of the examples and proposed best practice standards in the... Read More

Docking Stations: What Does “Unavailable” Mean Anyway?

“What does ‘Unavailable’ mean anyway?” It’s a question we’ve heard endless times and, frankly, we agree with the sentiment. DSX™ Docking Stations are the most powerful and easiest means of calibrating and bump testing a gas detector, but the error messages have often left all of us wondering exactly what to do next. Not anymore. DSX v7.6 has been released and includes several improvements to error messaging. The... Read More

Why Consider Switching to a Long-Life Oxygen Sensor?

Why Consider Switching to a Long-Life Oxygen Sensor? There are many ways that sensors in a gas detector can go bad. You might drop an instrument and damage the sensor inside.  You might be in an environment where the ambient gas can poison sensors. You might be in a high humidity environment that can affect the accuracy of gas readings. All these external and environmental effects important to consider, but have you ever had to service or replace a gas detector because the... Read More

Where Do Sensor Poisons and Inhibitors Lurk?

Where are sensors poisons and inhibitors lurking? The sensors inside your personal gas detector are meant to be exposed to toxic, corrosive, and explosive gases, but that doesn’t mean they are infallible. Chemicals and vapors from everyday cleaners and lubricants and specialized chemicals can all act as sensor poisons or inhibitors to different sensor types. One of the most negatively affected is the catalytic bead LEL... Read More

Gas Detector Rental for Turnaround Season

Gas Detector Rental for Turnaround Season Turnaround season is around the corner. Have you considered gas detector rental for your equipment needs? Turnarounds often require an increased number of workers who  use gas detection to avoid hazards including oxygen deficiency, combustible gases (typically displayed as LEL), carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, and VOCs. To meet this need, companies must decide whether to rent or buy portable gas detection... Read More

Going Digital to Boost Safety and Efficiency

It’s hard to imagine that in 2018 there would be any organization that doesn’t use some type of digital technology. For most of us digital has become the norm, and ongoing new developments are the expectation. Keeping up with the “new” can be an investment, but usually the conveniences of the modern world entice us to make the switch to the latest efficiency enhancing device or software available. Digitizing businesses has... Read More

Wireless Gas Detectors for Confined Space Entries

Wireless gas detectors can help you perform safer confined space entries. The year 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the implementation of permit required confined space entry regulations in the United States. Since then, the thousands of entries that take place across the country every day have become, shall we say, standard. We consult the written confined space program, assess the space for potential hazards, and... Read More

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