Detecting Hazardous and Toxic Gases in Confined Spaces - Otis Instruments

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,…

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Air Monitoring Solutions for the Hazmat Industry - Otis Instruments

Air Monitoring Solutions for the Hazmat Industry

Today, the public relies heavily on the fire department to respond to and mitigate a range of issues, including emergency events involving hazardous materials. As responsibilities and competencies are growing for the fire service and hazmat industry, there is an increased need for proficient air monitoring equipment. In the hazmat industry, gas detection provides flexibility…

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Environmental Monitoring with Wired and WireFree Gas Detectors - Otis Instruments

Environmental Monitoring with Wired or WireFree Gas Detectors

In the environmental industry, ground gas existence and soil contamination can become hazardous for personnel and the environment. Ground gas migration and emission from anthropogenic sources, like mine grouting, air blast rotary drilling, and blasting, heavily effect pathways and ground gas movements. Depending on the nature of the contamination or activities, various gases may be…

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What is Oxygen Deficiency? - Otis Instruments

What is Oxygen Deficiency?

If not properly monitored, injury or death caused by oxygen deficiency is a common hazard in the petrochemical and refining industries, as well as in confined spaces. Under normal atmospheric pressure conditions, humans typically breathe air that is 20.9 percent oxygen by volume, according to EHS Today. When the concentration of oxygen decreases by as…

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What are the Different Types of Gas Sensors? - Otis Instruments

What are the Different Types of Gas Sensors?

In many areas, flammable and toxic gases occur, and they pose a significant threat to all personnel. To properly detect present gases and vapors within these areas, it is important to select the most appropriate gas sensors for an application: electrochemical, catalytic, low-powered infrared, or photoionization detector (PID).  Electrochemical Electrochemical (EC) sensors measure the concentration…

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Monitoring Applications in the Pharmaceutical Industry - Otis Instruments

Monitoring Applications in the Pharmaceutical Industry

On the production floor, in research and development laboratories and in plant utility rooms, personnel in the pharmaceutical industry utilize and produce a variety of dangerous and toxic gases. Gases found in pharmaceutical environments often include carbon dioxide, chlorine, freon, hydrogen, methane, hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, ammonia, and other organic and combustible compounds. Also, due…

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OI-6000 for Monitoring Emissions in Agriculture - Otis Instruments

OI-6000 for Monitoring Emissions in Agriculture

Methane, hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide, and ammonia are emitted from a range of natural sources within the agriculture industry, including marshlands, livestock farming and leakage from natural gas systems. These gases may also be present in confined spaces, such as manure storage facilities and silos.  High concentrations of these gases can be explosive, lead to…

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Detecting Toxic Gases in Laboratories with the OI-6940 - Otis Instruments

Detecting Toxic Gases in Laboratories with the OI-6940

In research or medical laboratories, many experiments are conducted using a wide variety of toxic gases and dangerous liquids – or they may be produced as a result of these processes.  Due to the complex environment of these environments, toxic gases can linger and create a hazardous atmosphere for personnel. Some of the gases that…

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OI-6400 Sensor Assembly for the Wastewater Industry - Otis Instruments

OI-6400 Sensor Assembly for the Wastewater Industry

In the wastewater industry, operators are constantly seeking ways to mitigate risk and ensure the safety of personnel.  The main gases of concern throughout wastewater plants include hydrogen sulfide, methane and oxygen. Hydrogen sulfide and methane are byproducts of the decomposition of organic materials that are present in waste flows feeding the plant. The constant…

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Toxic Gases vs. Combustible Gases - Otis Instruments

Toxic Gases vs. Combustible Gases

Toxic and combustible gases are found in industrial processing and manufacturing environments – whether they are used in the actual processing or are byproducts of processes. Although the types of gases inherent many differences, many gases are both toxic and combustible. Toxic Gases Toxic gases, fumes and vapors from chemical or manufacturing processes are considered…

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