Industrial work environments, and those that include confined spaces, are prime targets for exposure to dangerous gases and vapors. Whether portable or fixed, gas detection equipment is essential to have within these atmospheres.
However, the regular maintenance that is often required with them is often overlooked. Proper maintenance on all detectors is the only reliable way for workers to identify threats on the job.
Protect Workers from Exposure to Toxic Gases
In many industrial work environments, it is important to know the exact concentrations of oxygen, and other toxic gases, in an area, as well as what dangerous hazards to expect before sending a worker in. Knowing the parts-per-million (ppm) of hazards and safe exposure will allow crews to be equipped with the right safety equipment from the start.
Avoid Potential Explosions
Without properly functioning gas detection equipment, workers could unknowingly be put at risk. For example, carbon monoxide (CO2) may be released from an engine and then settles into a hole – not only is there the potential for combustion to occur, but the CO2 can cause oxygen deficiency within the atmosphere. Properly maintained gas detectors can help identify these risks before they become extremely dangerous.
Ensure Smooth Operations
Properly maintained gas detection equipment allows teams to better understand their job sites, enabling them to plan ahead with the right safety equipment and protocol. This can help improve production and reduce downtime. Systems that run in real-time provide greater visibility to threats and help managers respond to incidents more efficiently.
Be sure to regularly check equipment for cleanliness, power supply and signs of damage – and remember that bump testing, calibration, and professional training may be required to ensure operation. Although it may seem unnecessary, a detector that is operational and reliable will provide optimal safety conditions for personnel.