Detecting Hazardous and Toxic Gases in Confined Spaces

Many workplaces, such as power plants, refineries, mines, and other industrial facilities, contain tight, smaller areas that are characterized as confined spaces. 

While confined spaces are not necessarily designed for people, they are large enough for workers to enter and perform certain jobs, if needed. Confined spaces can include tanks, vessels, silos, storage bins, hoppers, vaults, pits, manholes, tunnels, equipment housings, ductwork and pipelines.  

Detecting Hazardous and Toxic Gases in Confined Spaces - Otis Instruments

Because confined spaces can contain hazardous and toxic gases from the surrounding atmosphere, there is a heightened need for consistent monitoring within them. When monitoring confined spaces and the air around them, there are several issues that need to be considered, reviewed, and managed to ensure the safety of all workers.  

If workers are routinely exposed to both low and high levels of hazardous and toxic gases while entering and during the occupation of these spaces, they can pose a significant risk to human health. 

Gas detection equipment provides convenient, reliable air quality monitoring for ease of use to every industry that involves confined space entry. Additionally, the equipment contains built-in alarms to promptly notify workers of dangerous conditions. Once an alarm is detected, a large, easy-to-read LCD display will verify the concentration of a dangerous gas or gases. 

Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires some form of air quality monitoring when confined spaces are involved, utilizing gas detection to detect oxygen, combustibles and toxic gases before entry is essential to ensure worker and facility safety. 

Otis Instruments offers a variety of wired and WireFree easy-to-use, robust and configurable gas detectors capable of detecting both toxic and non-toxic gases for diverse applications where confined spaces may exist. 

To learn more about our wired and WireFree gas detection solutions for your industry, contact Otis Instruments today.