When you don't know what to expect
Feb 14 2023
Unknown dangers await us in many working environments. This is especially true for gases whose presence is often not detected until it’s already too late. But there are various different measures you can take to be prepared as well as possible and thus increase personal safety.
Good preparation is required
Toxic and combustible gases as well as divergences in the oxygen levels (both too low and too high) pose dangers to people. Precisely assessing the situation for dangers is therefore crucial and should be done before each work assignment. This is, of course, especially important in situations you are anticipating dangers from gases to arise, such as firefighting operations, maintenance personnel entering a sewer or entering hazardous material storage. If you know in advance that a certain gas will pose a direct risk, monitoring for this specific gas or danger, such as lack of oxygen, can be sufficient. However, in most cases, it is more complicated than that.
Monitoring several dangers at once
A person wearing a portable multi-gas detector correctly (i.e. in the area of the air the wearer is breathing in) can increase their own safety and that of the people around them while also being able to concentrate on the task at hand. The Polytector III G999 is available with sensor configurations for monitoring up to eight different gases. This will facilitate the prevention of several risks, stemming from different toxic and combustible gases as well as lack of oxygen, at once with only one gas detection device. Portable gas detectors need to be “bump tested” before the start of each shift to guarantee that all monitored gases will be detected in time. This can be done with automated docking stations, e.g. the DS404 with four gas inlets.
Always analyze the situation first
If you need to enter confined spaces or containers for your operational processes, they must be analyzed before and after entering, as part of risk prevention measures. The G999 with its integrated powerful pump is well suited for this task and will detect any present dangers when it matters: before you enter the dangerous area. It is of course also the responsible choice to wear a multi-gas detector for work in confined spaces. The compact Microtector III G888 offers the complete functionality of a fully equipped 7-gas detector, without impeding its wearer’s freedom of movement by its size or weight. Even if the air in a potentially dangerous area has been analyzed before entering, the situation can change at any moment. The high bandwidth detectors can monitor multiple dangerous gases and the oxygen concentration, ensuring that they will sound an alarm before a dangerous situation can arise.
GfG is at your side
We are happy to help you find the gas detection system you need to minimize risks to your employees. We also offer the corresponding accessories for different areas of application and for the calibration of your instruments. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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