Due to the many problems benzene can inflict on workers, such as damage to the nervous system as well as respiratory illness, companies install benzene gas detectors in areas where a benzene leak is most likely to occur, such as near pipes or valves. However, once installed, it’s important to know not only as much as possible about their features, but also how well they perform in various work environments. To do so, here are the most important details regarding benzene monitors.
Accuracy and Reliability
To make sure these monitors are always able to relay data that is accurate and reliable, they are designed with advanced electronics that keep them calibrated correctly for the work environment where they have been installed. Requiring little if any manual calibration from technicians or engineers, benzene sensors are now much more reliable when it comes to 24/7 monitoring of a facility. Regularly installed in manufacturing plants, chemical processing plants, and water treatment facilities, they play a key role in most industrial safety programs.
Difficult Work Environments
Since a variety of environmental conditions can be found in industrial and laboratory settings, such as temperature extremes, noise, high humidity levels, dust and dirt, vibrations, and others, today’s benzene detectors must be made to withstand these conditions and still be able to record and transmit accurate data. However, thanks to advances that have led to most monitors being self-contained, they are much more able to function well in harsh situations. This is especially important in work areas on offshore drilling platforms, where high temperatures, humidity levels, moisture, and other factors make it difficult for other types of monitors to be effective.
In any type of industrial setting, engineers and technicians must always have access to up-to-date information about various operations. In doing so, they can make decisions regarding production levels, equipment repairs, testing and installation, and other factors that go into running a successful day-to-day operation. To see that key personnel always have the most recent data, fixed benzene detectors are equipped with technology enabling them to transmit real-time data 24/7 to monitoring centers that may be hundreds of miles away, as well as to engineers and technicians who are on-site at a facility. And to ensure data is always available, the monitors can be linked to wireless networks, enabling them to send data to smartphones, tablets, and mobile computers. By having this capability, on-site managers and others can always have access to the latest data, which can be critical if an emergency situation arises that requires quick decisions regarding evacuations and equipment shutdowns.
In many facilities, confined spaces are areas where proper monitoring for benzene levels can be difficult. However, more and more companies now use portable monitoring equipment to keep employees in these areas safe. By using these monitors, employees working in confined spaces can clip the monitors to their shirts or belts while performing equipment installations, testing, and repairs, allowing them to have immediate access to real-time data.