Installing a gas detector system allows you to continuously monitor your environment. In commercial or industrial settings, there is a high risk of hazards, and a risk assessment is usually required in addition to purchasing a gas detector system to identify potential threats for both unmanned and manned areas.

What are the types of gas hazards?

Gas hazards come in three forms: explosive gas, oxygen depletion, or toxicity. Oxygen depletion will appear in high concentrations and will not be present in the ambient air. Even if you only have a non-toxic or non-explosive gas, it can still reduce oxygen levels and displace ambient air, making it dangerous for operators to enter the area. For instance, gas storage tanks in confined spaces like boiler rooms are a common example.

Continuous Monitoring

A gas detection system will enable you to monitor all areas 24/7, especially those that are unmanned, and alert your staff of any hazardous conditions. By detecting hazardous gases in advance, you can reduce safety risks and often meet insurance criteria.

Keep an Eye on Your Expenses

Using a gas detector system can save time, as you won’t have to manually check for the possibility of an explosion. This reduces labor time and ultimately saves money.

Strong Shield

Gas detection systems allow you to monitor gas levels in your surroundings, helping you determine when there is an increased risk of explosions, fires, or asphyxiation. Providing a safe working environment allows you to be more productive and less worried.

A Common Misunderstanding

Some people believe they can monitor toxic gases using an oxygen sensor, thinking that if the oxygen is displaced, they will receive a warning. However, the typical oxygen sensor has a resolution of only 0.1 percent volume, and it will only detect toxic gases in concentrations below 1,000ppm if the concentration is at 0.1 percent volume.

A catalytic or infrared gas sensor can be used to monitor explosive gases, requiring technology that can detect a wide range of explosive gases. Utilizing a gas detector can help you identify the dangers in your area.

This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at Becker Global America! For over 15 years, Becker Communications has been the industry’s leader in increasingly more sophisticated electrical mining communication systems. As they expanded into surface mining, railroads, and tunneling they added wireless communication systems, handheld radios, tagging, and tracking systems, as well as gas monitoring.