Of all substances found in industrial facilities, benzene is one of the most dangerous. Able to spread very quickly due to it being very difficult to detect, it can wreak havoc in a matter of minutes. Since water treatment plants, laboratories, chemical processing plants, and many others have benzene on their premises, it is vital to have detection systems in place that can quickly alert workers to a potential buildup. With many advances in detection technology in recent years, many companies now use electrochemical sensors to monitor for benzene. But to make these systems as effective as possible, it is important to know their capabilities.
Since electrochemical gas sensors are placed in many different work environments, it is crucial they have the ability to be customized to scan an area based on various environmental factors. As a result, they are often equipped with electronics that allow engineers to perform programmable calibration from off-site monitoring centers. By doing so, this allows the sensors to be programmed to scan within certain parameters, ensuring the data transmitted will always be a true reflection of a work area’s conditions.
Due to the many variances that are found within different work environments, it is always best to install electrochemical toxic gas sensors that have multiple alarm systems. By doing so, worker safety can be assured no matter what conditions are present. For example, in a manufacturing plant or chemical processing facility, workers may be spread out over long distances. In this situation, sirens may be the best alarm option. However, on an offshore drilling platform where noise may be a factor, flashing lights and strobes will be a better way to alert workers of dangerous conditions.
Often containing some of a facility’s most valuable and important pieces of equipment, confined spaces are also extremely difficult to monitor accurately and reliably. Unfortunately, if workers in these areas are not aware of rising benzene levels, they can suffer severe damage to their kidneys and nervous systems. To maintain high levels of protection for workers in these areas, facilities use two methods. First, they install an electrochemical gas sensor inside the confined space, which can transmit real-time data 24/7 to monitoring center personnel. Second, companies also use portable electrochemical gas detectors for engineers, instrumentation technicians, and others who may be in these spaces inspecting, installing, or repairing equipment. By using portable detectors, workers will have hands-free monitoring capabilities, while also having continual access to accurate data.
Now a standard aspect of virtually all types of electrochemical detectors, process control technology plays an important role in ensuring benzene leaks are quickly detected. Utilizing state-of-the-art electronics and programmable calibration, these detectors can allow engineers to analyze data and spot potential problems well before a facility experiences equipment malfunctions or other problems. By doing so, technicians can enact repairs much faster than before, helping avert breakdowns that lead to production delays and possibly benzene buildups that can prove to be extremely dangerous.