If workers in a water treatment plant, manufacturing facility, laboratory, or other setting smell rotten eggs, they know there is a buildup of hydrogen sulfide. A gas that builds up and spreads over large distances very quickly, it is crucial facilities have monitoring systems installed that alert workers to these buildups when they first start. Due to the lethal potential of hydrogen sulfide gas buildups, monitoring H2S involves using sensors and detectors that are highly-specialized and able to function well in various work environments. To make sure your facility’s H2S gas monitors are working properly, here is some additional information to keep in mind.
Since hydrogen sulphide H2S monitors are deployed in many different types of work environments, they are equipped with several types of alarm systems. With most monitors, these systems include flashing lights, strobes that may change colors depending on the level of danger present in the area, and sirens that can alert workers who may be spread out over long distances. Due to the importance of these alarm systems, companies should always conduct regular tests of these systems to determine if they are in proper working order. Along with this, regular drills should also be conducted regarding evacuations, equipment shutdowns, and other emergency protocols that will be enacted should a hydrogen sulfide buildup occur.
While most of today’s H2S gas detectors are designed to self-calibrate, regular testing should be conducted in this area as well. Along with engineers in off-site monitoring centers running simulations to test a detector’s ability to self-calibrate in changing environmental conditions, on-site engineers and technicians should also regularly practice conducting manual calibration techniques. To do so, a controlled amount of H2S should be used, which will allow engineers to test the effectiveness of the detector, as well as the accuracy and reliability of its data.
Confined Space Monitoring
While a buildup of H2S can be deadly in large areas, it can be especially dangerous if it happens in confined spaces. If workers in these areas are not able to be quickly alerted to these situations, the consequences can be deadly. To keep this from happening, portable H2S monitors are used by engineers, maintenance technicians, and other personnel working in these areas. Whether installing, repairing, or testing equipment, workers use portable monitors to give them hands-free monitoring capability. But to ensure these monitors are working properly, tests should be conducted to make sure they are transmitting real-time data to on and off-site personnel.
In the event of an emergency, engineers and other personnel need the flexibility to be able to move around different areas of a facility quickly and easily. To make sure they can do so while still having access to the latest data and information, a facility’s wireless network should be examined periodically to make sure mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are properly linked to the network. By doing so, essential personnel will know accurate and reliable data will always be at their fingertips.