If a carbon dioxide leak occurs at an industrial site, laboratory, or other setting, those in the area may be in serious trouble if a detection system is not in place. Since the gas is colorless and odorless, it can take only a few minutes for its effects to be felt. Rather than risk the chance of workers becoming ill or suffering fatalities due to undetected leaks, it is best to select a carbon dioxide detection system that uses the latest technology in its CO2 gas sensors. But with many advances in CO2 detection technology in recent years, it may be difficult to know if you are using the right sensor for your work environment. To answer this question, here are some details about their features and uses.
Installation Procedures and Locations
Since today’s CO2 sensors are designed with technology enabling them to function well in all types of work environments, it is important to use proper installation procedures with these systems. For best results, locate a carbon dioxide sensor near equipment or storage tanks where it is most likely a leak could occur. This will allow quicker detection of a leak, enabling safety procedures to be implemented much faster.
Beware of Confined Spaces
When it comes to dangerous areas for carbon dioxide leaks, confined spaces are perhaps the most dangerous. Since these areas are usually quite small, even a minor leak can quickly turn deadly. As a result, facilities not only position fixed carbon dioxide gas sensors near these areas, but also equip workers in these spaces with portable CO2 detection devices. Able to transmit real-time data to engineers stationed nearby, portable monitors can allow workers in these areas to perform equipment repairs and other tasks while having hands-free monitoring capability.
Regulating Work Environment
In many instances, small carbon dioxide leaks that go undetected can over time cause serious harm to workers who may be exposed to the gas on a daily basis. From respiratory issues to problems concentrating and lethargy, workers can have great difficulty pinpointing the reason for these problems. To keep this from happening, carbon dioxide CO2 sensors play an important role in making sure air quality in work environments is regulated at healthy levels for workers. By doing so, not only do these systems keep workers safe, but also help companies save money by having fewer employee absences and lapses in production schedules.
In some instances where carbon dioxide detection systems are used in the alternative energy industry, their primary role is to actually ensure high levels of carbon dioxide are monitored accurately so that they can be combined with methane and other gases to create the correct mix of fuel to use in these facilities. With this capability, the sensors can thus be instrumental in helping to ensure production schedules and levels stay on course.
If you need to learn more about using the right CO2 detection system for your work environment, call GDS at 409-927-2980 to speak with an Applications Engineer.