Portable vs. Fixed Gas Detection Systems

The difference between portable and fixed gas detection systems is their monitoring capabilities and limitations. Portable detection instruments can notify workers of dangerous emissions upon the entry of an affected area, while fixed instruments can provide continuous monitoring of a specific location in a workplace facility.  

Although both gas detection systems can help improve workplace safety, one may be better suited for a facility than the other. When deciding which system to use, consider the following:

Nature of the Work

First and foremost, when choosing a gas detection system, it is important to consider the day-to-day operations that are performed. If it is standard procedure to enter confined spaces, for example, portable instruments may be beneficial.

Hazards Present

Within every industry, the present atmospheric hazards differ. It is important to understand the danger and risks associated with these contaminants since they may affect air quality. From there, the appropriate gas detection system can be implemented.

Do the hazards chronically exist?

In every facility, it is important to recognize if the potential hazards are known to chronically exist in areas where workers are routinely present. In this case, for example, fixed gas detectors may be necessary. 

Otis Instruments offers a vast selection of Wired and WireFree easy-to-use, robust, and configurable gas detectors and monitors capable of detecting both toxic and non-toxic gases for diverse applications, designed to maintain safety within the workplace and their surrounding environments. We strive to provide products to maintain the health and safety of all users.

Our portable, personal monitors allow ambient air monitoring from differing locations, alerting personnel of hazardous exposures with visual, vibrating, and audible alarms. Since 2005, we have specialized in WireFree fixed gas detection–an Otis-exclusive long-range self-contained battery-powered gas detection product line. In addition, our wired, fixed gas detection systems are versatile assemblies capable of detecting a variety of toxic gases. 

For more information regarding portable and fixed gas detection systems, or need additional information regarding specific detection needs, contact Otis Instruments today!

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