Top Industries Requiring WireFree Gas Detection

Creating a safe working environment for personnel is fundamental for employers. In certain industries, the production, processing and accumulation of potentially hazardous gases is a high concern, making gas detection methods and technologies a top priority.  While fixed gas detectors can provide continual data on the composition of air in a given location, there are other situations where portable detectors are ideal.

Implementing portable gas detectors allows for diverse applications to protect the site and its workers. The following industries and settings represent some of the more common applications for portable gas detectors around the world today.

Fossil Fuel Industry
The extraction, processing, storage, and distribution of oil and gas creates a multitude of different substances, some of which can be potentially damaging to those working on the site and living in its vicinity. Fixed gas detectors do help monitor the area within the site, but fence line monitoring and other areas of work, such as lone workers, have less of a guarantee of the safety of those involved. Instead, portable gas detectors can provide an employee (and their employer) with complete peace of mind by continually verifying the safety of the environment, wherever the individual may go.

Healthcare Institutions
Maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene of healthcare facilities is paramount to achieving positive outcomes in those environments. After all, decontamination of an area without proper monitoring can lead to even greater risks than already present, making it vital that the appropriate sensing equipment is set up to guarantee the safety of a treatment room. Portable gas detectors are valuable additions since they can assist with safety checks as and when new patients or staff enter an environment.

Steel and Iron Furnaces
Smelting steel or iron is a process that invariably creates a strong volume of potentially harmful gases. That doesn’t just include toxic gases like ammonia (NH3), carbon monoxide (CO) and sulfur dioxide (SO2), but also flammable ones such as hydrogen (H2). What’s more, the profusion of other gases can rapidly displace oxygen and deplete the levels of breathable air, creating an environment conducive to asphyxiation. Durable, wearable sensors are a must for safeguarding steel and ironworkers.

Water and Wastewater Treatment
A variety of chemicals are used during the treatment of both wastewater and water, with a risk that they can escape into the atmosphere in the form of potentially toxic or flammable gases. Even at low concentrations, gases like sulfur dioxide (SO2) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) are damaging to human health. While the latter does have a distinctive odor, it can damage the olfactory receptors in high concentrations, thus masking its presence. As such, a portable detector would protect that worker in various concentration scenarios.

Otis Instruments offers a variety of Wired and WireFree easy-to-use, robust and configurable gas detectors. Made in the USA, our high-quality products are capable of detecting both toxic and non-toxic gases for diverse applications. If you would like more information about portable gas detection solutions for your application, other gas detection solutions or have a question for us, contact our team today.