If you work in an industry with hazardous gases, ensuring the health and safety of the environment may be a top priority, at all times. Technological advancements in gas detection methods may be accompanied by increasingly stringent OSHA regulations and other compliance objectives.Fixed gas detection systems can collect continuous information about gas levels near a certain release point and may be programmed to give meaningful information about threats to a certain receptor point, but, in certain environments, a different testing approach may be needed. Fixed gas detection systems may not be able to replace portable gas detection monitors
Beyond the Fixed Gas Detection System
In the event that a fixed gas detection system may be compromised, portable gas detection monitors may be used to identify airborne hazards before allowing workers into the environment or starting machines. Maintaining a selection of portable equipment in a location both close to and sufficiently distant from the hazardous area, could be an important component of a required safety plan.
Portable monitors also may have features that cannot be easily replicated in a fixed system. Many portable monitors have a detection wand that can be used to test fittings in areas less than an inch wide. As part of a proactive industrial hygiene model, these portable monitors may highlight areas needing repair, or replacement, well before environmental hazards permeate the air and trigger the fixed system.
Consider Similar Products for an Integrated Process
Some companies produce gas detection monitors that are similar in fixed systems and in portable personal monitor systems. Cosmos gas detector products may be purchased with the universal “plug-and-play” smart sensors in a wall-mounted fixed system or in a version designed as a personal gas hazard monitor. The same smart sensors may be used in either style to respond to known or unknown threats. Together, they might be used as part of a combined system that can both continuously monitor local gas levels and assist in identifying spot hazards. Information from the combined systems can be fed via remote monitoring to a central, off-site analysis location to establish patterns and document safety records.
In environments with gas hazards, attention to gas detection equipment may prevent avoidable losses in people and property. When properly chosen, portable gas detection monitors may be a critical component of the safety plan. With some monitors, response staff may be able to outfit themselves to detect specific hazards in the time it takes to change USB drives on a computer. With so much efficiency backing up such high potential safety pay-off, it may be wise to consider a new equipment investment.