When the smell of rotten eggs permeates throughout an industrial facility, laboratory, water treatment plant, or other work setting, it leaves little doubt there is a hydrogen sulfide gas buildup nearby. Extremely dangerous situations, these gas buildups can quickly spread throughout a large area, putting the lives of many people at risk. Because of this, facilities where hydrogen sulfide is present often have sophisticated hydrogen sulfide sensors installed in various locations to carefully monitor for leaks. But before doing so, it is vital to know as much as possible about the application and uses of hydrogen sulphide transmitters.
Evaluate the Work Environment
Since a hydrogen sulfide leak can happen in many different work areas, it is important to evaluate your work environment to determine how best to use H2S gas detectors. For example, in offshore drilling platforms and many other industrial settings, such factors as temperature extremes, high humidity levels, and dust and dirt will be present. Therefore, always make sure the detectors selected are capable of overcoming these factors, and will be able to consistently transmit accurate and reliable data.
When a hydrogen sulfide leak occurs, it will be critical for engineers and safety personnel to have up-to-date information throughout the process. To ensure this happens, today’s modern H2S gas monitors come equipped with advanced electronics and detection systems, enabling them to be linked to wireless networks. As a result, they can not only send real-time data to off-site monitoring centers that may be miles away, but also to on-site engineers and technicians for further analysis. By linking with smartphones and other mobile devices, personnel can have the latest data no matter where they may be located during the crisis.
When a hydrogen sulfide gas buildup is in progress, it will be critical to have data that is known to be accurate and reliable. With many detectors and sensors, this will be handled by remote calibration. Often performed by engineers in monitoring centers, this allows sensors to automatically be programmed to transmit data based on changing environmental conditions. By being able to program various parameters into the detectors, engineers can better assess facility conditions, evaluate how to proceed with equipment repairs and troubleshooting, and advise emergency personnel on what actions will need to be taken regarding evacuations and other procedures.
Monitoring Confined Spaces
Many times when a hydrogen sulfide gas buildup happens, it originates within a confined space where equipment malfunctions or pipes and valves break. In these situations, if the leak goes undetected, the results can be life-threatening. Therefore, companies not only install high-tech H2S transmitters in and near these areas, but also equip engineers and technicians with portable detectors that can be clipped to clothing or belts. By having portable monitors with them when working in confined spaces, employees can not only have hands-free monitoring capabilities, but also know real-time data is being closely monitored by on-site personnel. Therefore, if problems develop within the confined space, they will be able to safely evacuate.