Since even the smallest of carbon dioxide leaks can present serious problems if undetected, industrial settings where leaks can occur rely on advanced monitoring systems to keep an area and its occupants safe. However, since all facilities are different in terms of layout and environmental conditions, it is crucial to have carbon dioxide CO2 meters installed that can be guaranteed to provide accurate data 24/7 under what may be very harsh work conditions. If you need to know how to get the most accurate results from your facility’s CO2 monitors, here are some important tips to keep in mind.
In many facilities, a number of factors may come into play regarding the transmission of accurate and reliable data of carbon dioxide gas levels. These can include temperature extremes, high levels of humidity, shocks and vibrations from nearby equipment, and dust and dirt in the area. Therefore, always purchase and install CO2 meters that have their electronics enclosed in protective shields. Along with this, it is also best to install meters that can self-calibrate based on environmental conditions, and can also be programmed by engineers in monitoring centers to calibrate based on new parameters.
Since there will be certain areas in a building or area where carbon dioxide leaks are more likely to take place, always keep this in mind when deciding on the placement of sensors. For best results and an ability to maintain high levels of safety, place the sensors near such areas as pipes and valves, storage tanks, and equipment that may be vulnerable to initiating a carbon dioxide leak. By doing so, if a leak should begin to occur, monitoring systems can detect it quickly and transmit the data to monitoring personnel, allowing preventive measures to be taken immediately.
Monitoring Confined Spaces and Isolated Areas
Due to carbon dioxide being a colorless and odorless gas, an undetected leak can cause tremendous harm to those nearby in only a matter of minutes. This is especially true of those individuals who may be working in confined spaces or other isolated areas such as warehouses or storage areas, where an undetected leak can prove deadly if not detected in time. To guard against this possibility, workers in these areas are often provided portable CO2 meters for use in these situations. Small and able to be clipped to clothing or belts, the meters can allow for hands-free monitoring while equipment repairs, installation, and troubleshooting take place, and can also transmit real-time data to nearby personnel.
Monitoring Air Quality
When a carbon dioxide leak occurs, many harmful organisms may be released into the air, often leading to workers falling ill with respiratory ailments and other conditions. But as technology has evolved, modern carbon dioxide meters can use advanced electronics to monitor gas levels as well as gather information about air quality. In doing so, they can quickly find the source of the leak, transmit all data to safety personnel, and allow for emergency procedures to be enacted.