When workers in any industrial setting or laboratory smell rotten eggs, they know this is a hydrogen sulfide leak. In these situations, emergency procedures must be immediately implemented, since the gas buildup can quickly spread and become toxic. To do everything possible to keep workers in a facility safe, companies invest in sophisticated hydrogen sulphide transmitters that can be installed in various areas of a facility. However, due to the different types of transmitters and the features associated with them, it is important to take many things into consideration before making a selection.

The Importance of Alarm Systems

When choosing hydrogen sulfide sensors for your work environment, always consider the important role alarm systems will play in the event of an emergency. Since work environments where hydrogen sulfide may be present vary greatly, most of today’s H2S gas detectors are equipped with multiple alarms systems such as strobes, sirens, and flashing lights. By having these various alarms, the detectors can alert workers no matter what factors may be at play at that time. For example, when equipment vibrations resonate throughout a facility, noise may not make a siren very effective. In these situations, the detectors can utilize flashing lights and strobes to let workers realize a dangerous situation has occurred. Yet in situations where facility layout may hinder the ability of employees to notice warning lights, sirens can be used to get their attention.

Data Transmission Methods

Along with ensuring employees in an area are quickly alerted to a hydrogen sulfide buildup, it is equally as important for data in the work area to be transmitted to monitoring personnel for quick analysis. To make this happen, most H2S transmitters have wireless technology incorporated into their electronics and software. With this feature, they can be easily linked to a facility’s wireless network, enabling the transmitters to send real-time data to off-site monitoring centers as well as to on-site equipment technicians and engineers via tablets or smartphones. By doing so, personnel can move from one area of the facility to another during the crisis, all the while still having up-to-date information.

Calibration Techniques

Whenever a hydrogen sulfide buildup happens, it is vital the H2S gas monitors in the area be properly calibrated so that they can transmit accurate and reliable data at all times. To make sure this is the case, monitors possess software that not only allow for self-calibration based on changing environmental conditions, but also have electronics that can be programmed manually by engineers on or off-site.

Portable Monitoring

Whether moving around various parts of a building or spending time in an isolated confined space repairing equipment, employees must always have instant access to data regarding hydrogen sulfide levels. Thus, many industrial safety programs now include portable monitors for employees to use in these situations. Small, versatile, and able to transmit real-time data, they offer hands-free monitoring by attaching to belts or clothing. Inexpensive and easy to use, they play an important role in keeping employees safe in hard-to-monitor areas.