Infrared LEL Gas Sensors – Risk or Reward?

Infrared LEL Gas Sensors – Risk or Reward? What are the limitations of infrared LEL gas sensors? There has been a lot of recent discussion about the benefits of infrared LEL gas sensors for the oil and gas industry. There have even been claims that these sensors operate for years without calibration while extending instrument run times from hours to months without recharging batteries. The benefits of infrared technology over the industry standard catalytic bead... Read More

Industrial Scientific Welcomes New Owner, Fortive Corporation

Industrial Scientific is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement to become a Fortive Corporation operating company as a member of their Field Solutions platform. The new ownership will provide Industrial Scientific with additional capacity to accelerate the company’s vision of eliminating death on the job by the year 2050. Fortive (NYSE: FTV) is a public company that was a part of Danaher Corporation until July... Read More

Limiting False Man-Down Alarms

Limiting False Man-Down Alarms Gas detector manufacturers today are trying to provide end users with functionality that goes beyond gas detection. Slips, trips, and falls are some of the most frequent types of workplace accidents. Due to that fact, several instruments on the market now offer man-down alarms or panic alarm functionality. If a worker becomes disabled and is in need of help, he can trigger the panic alert on his monitor, which will activate... Read More

When it Comes to Workplace Safety, Who’s Got Your Back?

With the technology available today, you’ve probably thought, who is watching me? Let’s get real for a moment. Someone is monitoring some aspect of someone’s life, somewhere. The question is, for what purpose? Now that I have your attention, let’s shift gears and talk about the positive use for this technology. Preserving human life. A gas monitor that can alert you of hazardous conditions while recording user and site data... Read More

The Hidden Costs of Disposable Gas Detectors

The Hidden Costs of Disposable Gas Detectors Consumer electronic waste is a serious problem. Americans, for example, replace their cell phones every 22 months, on average, leading to over 140 million cell phones in US landfills annually. Over time, the components in those phones break down, allowing toxic substances to leach into the surrounding soil and water systems. The problem is so significant that electronic waste is often exported, sometimes illegally, to... Read More

The Simple Truth of Calibration Gas Shelf Life

The Simple Truth of Calibration Gas Shelf Life Calibration gas is an important component in ensuring the proper performance of your gas monitors. Regular calibrations promote the accurate measurement of gas concentration values. During calibration, a unit’s installed sensors are to be exposed to their set concentrations of calibration gases. Based on the sensors’ responses, the unit will self-adjust to compensate for declining sensor sensitivity, which naturally occurs... Read More

Are You Ready for Real-Time Gas Detection Data?

Real-time gas detection data is emerging as a top requirement for gas detection programs. Challenges getting real-time gas detection data are being solved with the ubiquity of Wi-Fi, cell, and satellite networks. But it is very difficult to understand what data is needed in real time. Real-time data from safety systems is voluminous—vehicle data, lone worker data, gas data, GIS data, and biometric data, are just a few... Read More

How Rugged are Your Gas Detectors?

Everyone knows that industrial gas detectors are supposed to be rugged, but standards in quality can vary greatly depending on the instrument and manufacturer. If you’re frustrated with poor workmanship, having to put garbage bags over your area monitors when it rains, for example, or constantly sending dropped personal gas detectors in for warranty replacements, you’re not alone. The time and money spent on making sure... Read More

The Unseen Hazards of Wastewater Treatment Plants

The Unseen Hazards of Wastewater Treatment Plants You see them and drive past them all the time. Every community has one. Chances are that a close neighbor, one of your best friends, or even a member of your family may work in one. When low pressure sets in, and the wind blows in the right direction, the stench is horrific. But the smell is only a hint to the abundant hazards that you might encounter when working at a wastewater treatment plant. The potential for slips,... Read More

Are You Still Playing “Clue” with Your Gas Detection Program?

Are You Still Playing “Clue” with Your Gas Detection Program? For many people, the board game Clue, was their first venture into the world of investigation. Players move around the board, gathering facts about a recent murder and eliminating possibilities, to piece together a conclusion like “Ms. Peacock killed Colonel Mustard in the study with a candlestick.” This beloved, somewhat ominous children’s game highlights the importance of answering the big five questions when an incident... Read More

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