In oil refineries, manufacturing plants, or at offshore drilling stations and natural gas pipelines, fires and explosions are always a constant threat. Because of this, sophisticated detection systems are often installed in an effort to keep employees and property safe from a catastrophic situation. To ensure the highest levels of safety are always in place, natural gas monitoring systems are used to constantly monitor key areas where natural gas leaks may occur, such as near pipelines, equipment, and in areas where various chemicals may be stored. But to make sure maximum protection is available 24/7, it is vital to know the best ways to set up a monitoring system.
With today’s natural gas leak detectors having electronics that are configured to use wireless technology, this has become a key component in most industrial safety programs regarding natural gas leak detection. By placing a system of monitors at strategic locations throughout a facility, the wireless network can then allow for real-time data to be sent to personnel 24/7. In addition, the data can be transmitted not only to on-site technicians and engineers, but also to safety personnel located in monitoring centers. With this capability, numerous individuals will always have access to up-to-date information, allowing for quicker and more accurate decisions to be made should an emergency occur.
With many buildings having confined spaces, as well as workers at pipelines constantly having to move from one area to another, portable natural gas monitors have grown in popularity in recent years. Relatively inexpensive yet still very accurate and reliable, these monitors offer numerous advantages to companies that may have limited safety budgets. In addition, the monitors can be worn on belts or shirts, allowing technicians to perform their duties while having hands-free monitoring. And still possessing wireless technology, the monitors can be linked to mobile devices, which lets managers, engineers, and others have constant access to data. Because of this, if a natural gas leak occurs in a confined space or other area where workers are located, personnel will be aware of it immediately, and will be able to begin evacuations or other emergency procedures.
Since modern natural gas sensors are equipped with various types of alarms, it is important to make sure the system is configured to work best in the work environment where it is installed. To do so, always have a good understanding of the various factors that could complicate alerting workers of a possible natural gas leak. For example, if a work environment is very noisy, alarm systems should be configured to ensure flashing lights and strobes are activated. However, if an area has workers spread out over large distances, sirens will be most effective in these situations.
Due to the many factors involved in setting up a natural gas detection system, it is always best to have expert advice along the way. Therefore, contact Global Detection Systems at 409-927-2980 or www.gdscorp.com to speak with an experienced and knowledgeable Applications Engineer.