As a dangerous substance found in numerous industrial work environments, benzene poses many risks to workers. Along with severe respiratory problems, it can also cause significant damage to the nervous system if exposure is prolonged. Because of these potential dangers, companies involved in automotive manufacturing, offshore oil drilling, and many others install sophisticated benzene gas detectors in an effort to protect their employees. If your company is considering installing a system designed to detect benzene, here are some benefits to keep in mind.

Continuous Monitoring

In most industrial facilities, operations continue 24/7, meaning employees are constantly on the job and at risk of benzene exposure. Because of this, companies must have detection systems in place that can provide constant monitoring throughout an area. To do so, they install benzene gas monitors that come with state-of-the-art electronics and calibration methods, which makes them very accurate and reliable. As a result, 24/7 monitoring is greatly simplified.

Harsh Work Environments

Since many industrial work areas are subject to temperature extremes, shocks and vibrations, high humidity levels, and other factors that can hinder accurate monitoring of benzene levels, it is crucial to have benzene monitors in place that can withstand these and other environmental challenges. To ensure these monitors can meet these demands, today’s benzene detection systems come equipped with advanced electronics that are self-enclosed within protective settings, shielding them from possible factors that could impact their accuracy and reliability.

Monitoring Confined Spaces

Within many offshore drilling platforms, industrial buildings, and laboratories, confined spaces are very common. Often housing various types of equipment or serving as storage areas, these spaces can often be difficult to monitor. However, since maintenance technicians and other workers often spend much of their time in these areas installing, testing, and troubleshooting equipment, accurate and reliable monitoring of benzene is vital to everyone’s safety. Therefore, many companies use portable benzene gas detectors to allow employees to have accurate monitoring of benzene levels. Small, easy to use, and able to transmit real-time data to on-site engineers and off-site monitoring centers, these detectors can be clipped to clothing or belts, allowing workers to perform their tasks quickly while having up-to-date monitoring of their surroundings.

Real-Time Data Transmission

For many companies that use benzene detectors, one of the biggest benefits is having the ability to perform real-time data transmission of benzene levels to engineers and other monitoring personnel. By doing so, this will enable personnel to quickly detect dangerously high levels of benzene or smaller leaks that have just started. As a result, maintenance personnel can enact repairs more quickly, equipment can be shut down, and evacuations can be made before a situation becomes critical.

Rather than wonder if the benzene detection system you may currently be using is equipped with the latest electronic technology, contact GDS to speak with an Applications Engineer about the best type of detection system for your facility. To do so, visit to fill out a short contact form, or instead call GDS at 409-927-2980.