By Mike Platek | Wednesday, January 15, 2019 | Gas Detection Education
A plant-wide power outage at Pasadena Refining Systems in Texas one hot July day forced the plant to flare off some product, including sulfur dioxide (SO2). As the toxic black smoke drifted into the nearby community, safety officials partially shut down the Houston Ship Channel and issued a precautionary shelter-in-place alert for area residents....Read More.
By Industrial Scientific | Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | Gas Detection Education
Hard hat, collar, belt, shoe? If you ask workers where their gas detectors belong, you’ll likely get an array of answers, all with different reasons behind them. The confusion likely comes from the false notion of the “detection range.” A detection range is described as the distance from which a personal gas monitor can detect gas; for example, “my gas detector will pick up gases from 10 feet away”...Read More.
A customer, Mike, sent me an email saying that someone told him that the type of sample tubing he used could alter the readings that he gets on his gas monitor. He wanted to know if this was true. Well Mike, and everyone else, this certainly is true. The type of sample tubing you use in conjunction with your gas monitor in remote sample applications and even during calibration can have a very pronounced effect on the gas readings that you obtain. Not all sample tubing is created equal. Certain types of tubing will react with certain gases and therefore negatively impact the accuracy of the monitor readings in different ways...Read More.
With colder weather on the horizon, you may have concerns about how well your portable gas detection equipment will function when winter puts its death grip on the thermometer. While some instruments are rated as low as -40 degrees, the low temperature rating for continuous operation of most portable gas monitors is -20 degrees Celsius. Even so, most instruments may be used at lower temperatures for short periods. Sensor response will certainly change as the temperatures get colder, but more sophisticated gas monitors typically use “temperature compensation” to keep gas readings within +/-15% of the actual concentrations...Read More.
If you’re like most people, you’re more connected than ever. Cell phones monitor your location to alert you to delays on your commute. Your activity tracker syncs every step and tells you how much to move to meet your daily goals. Your smart TV even learns your taste in movies to recommend something for the next movie night....Read More.
The sensors inside your personal gas detector are meant to be exposed to toxic, corrosive, and explosive gases, but that doesn’t mean they are infallible. Chemicals and vapors from everyday cleaners and lubricants and other specialized chemicals can all act as sensor poisons or inhibitors to different sensor types...Read More.
By Jason Wright | Thursday, October 31, 2019 | Gas Detection Equipment
When it comes to choosing gas detection equipment, getting the most “bang for your buck” without sacrificing worker safety is a key factor in the decision-making process. There are many choices in the market today. Should you rent gas detectors, choose CPO (Certified Pre-Owned) equipment, or select a disposable instrument? How do you decide what’s best for you? This post will explore portable gas detection equipment solutions that meet the needs of your application and situation while keeping cost considerations in mind...Read More.
By Industrial Scientific | Tuesday, October 15, 2019 | Gas Detection Education
In the last two years, it’s become easier than ever for companies to incorporate area monitoring in their gas detection programs. New products allow you to place durable, easy-to-use sensing devices with advanced technology throughout your facilities at a lower price point. This gives you better awareness of the environments at your site, while also unlocking the ability to drive safety improvements...Read More.
By Industrial Scientific | Tuesday, October 8, 2019 | Gas Detection Education
What is the difference between carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide? If you confuse the two, you’re not alone. You’re probably aware that they are two different gases—but which one is the good one and which is the bad one? Is it even correct to classify them that way?...Read More.
By Jackie Cappucci | Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | Gas Detection Equipment
Gas hazards. Almost every industry has them. Are you monitoring the ones that could grind your operations to a halt? On any given day, your workers have the potential to encounter gas hazards that can endanger them and put your projects or business at risk. Unfortunately, you can’t see or smell many of these gas hazards – and if you can, it might be too late. That’s why you need gas detectors...Read More.
By Industrial Scientific | Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | Gas Detection Education
An EMS team, dispatched from a major metropolitan fire department, rushes to a local hotel where they find a woman nauseated, weak, and unable to get out of bed. The evidence leads to a straightforward diagnosis: it’s flu season, it’s been a bad year for the bug, and the woman seems to have all the symptoms. Bingo. They load her onto a stretcher and transport her to the hospital...Read More.
By Dave Wagner | Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | Sensor Technology
This is a question customers ask all the time. Why do you sometimes see negative readings on your gas monitor? All electrochemical or catalytic bead gas sensors can be prone to both positive and negative drift due to environmental factors like changes in temperature and humidity. However, these are not the most common causes of negative sensor readings...Read More.
By Tae-Yeon Won | Monday, September 9, 2019 | Gas Detection Equipment
Serving as a safety manager for plant operations is a huge role, especially when you consider that it almost always includes influencing workers and their behaviors in addition to keeping the plant running smoothly. Add the critical responsibility of protecting workers while also improving productivity and controlling costs, and it can often feel like an uphill battle...Read More.
With the broader adoption of multi-gas instruments comes more alarms. Sometimes lots of them. And sometimes, users wish to have different alarm tones so they can differentiate “the ones that matter.” While this request comes with good intentions, it signals something dangerous: alarm fatigue...Read More.