In many cases where a toxic gas buildup leads to a fire or explosion, the cause is oxygen depletion. One of the most serious issues a complex or laboratory can deal with, oxygen depletion must be addressed as quickly as possible once detected. Due to the many dangers associated with it, companies use oxygen depletion monitoring systems equipped with the latest electronics and other features. Now that new federal regulations are in place requiring the installation of these systems in all industrial and laboratory settings, it is important to know how to select the best oxygen depletion system for your needs.
Detailed Detection Analysis
When selecting a oxygen depletion detection system, one factor that must play a critical role is its ability to perform detailed detection analysis of the surrounding work environment in which it is installed. To do so, it uses advanced electronics and calibration methods to detect changes within existing electrical currents in the atmosphere. When abnormalities are detected, the system can then send detailed analysis of the situation in real-time to on-site safety engineers and off-site data analysts for further examination.
Data Compilation and Inspections
Since all industrial facilities have equipment that needs to be inspected on a regular basis, it is important to select oxygen depletion monitors that have the ability to compile large amounts of data in a quick period of time. By being able to gather data from equipment that is located throughout a facility, this can facilitate the ability of technicians and engineers to spot potential problems regarding equipment malfunctions, leaks in pipes and valves, and other issues that could lead to dangerous situations developing in a short period of time.
Monitoring Confined Spaces
If there is one type of area where oxygen depletion can lead to fires or explosions, it is confined spaces. Often located in isolated areas of a building or industrial complex, these areas often prove difficult to monitor due to equipment vibrations, temperature extremes, and high levels of humidity. But as detection technology has improved in recent years, many companies now supply maintenance technicians and others who will be working in these areas with portable oxygen depletion sensors. Small enough to be clipped onto shirts and belts, these sensors can not only transmit real-time data to engineers, but also allow technicians to perform equipment troubleshooting, repairs, and installations while having hands-free monitoring.
In many cases, a fire or explosion will happen due to the presence of multiple types of gases in the atmosphere. To make sure these situations are detected as fast as possible, these detection systems come with electronics that can be programmed to detect numerous gases simultaneously. Along with allowing engineers and safety personnel to make quick decisions regarding evacuations or equipment repairs, this feature also makes these systems able to be installed in virtually any type of work environment. Whether it is an offshore drilling platform, medical lab, or manufacturing plant, gases can be detected quickly and problems corrected before the situation becomes critical.