Offshore oil rigs, especially more established operations, can produce high levels of hydrogen sulfide (H2S), which can be extremely lethal even at low concentrations. Find out how hydrogen sulfide sensors are built and configured to keep all of your areas protected from unsafe conditions.

Hydrogen sulfide gas, in low concentrations, has a “rotten egg” smell and must be monitored on a continuous basis. One low-cost solution is a gas detector. Find out which factors you need to consider when choosing an H2S gas detector.

Top Features of H2S Gas Sensors

Arguably the most toxic gas found in industrial environments, hydrogen sulfide can be deadly in only a matter of minutes or even seconds. Due to the many dangers associated with this type of gas, companies in the oil and gas industry, as well as other manufacturing industries, have invested in hydrogen sulfide gas detectors in an effort to improve workplace safety and protect employees. Choose a quality hydrogen sulfide detector by looking out for these key features.

  1. Programmable relays
  2. Legacy control systems
  3. Real-time monitoring
  4. Customizable systems

1) Programmable Relays

Since hydrogen sulphide is so deadly, it’s crucial sensors installed in a facility are able to detect the smallest amounts of gas as quickly as possible. Programmable relays allow for early warning of hazards by turning on audible and visual alarming devices to notify employees in the vicinity of the gas detector.  This can prove vital in halting a potentially dangerous event from happening.

2) Legacy Control Systems

The flexibility of the H2S gas detector is crucial. Flexibility is determined by the types of outputs the detector is equipped with.  Some systems are older and therefore the detector needs to be adaptable into the older systems. Therefore the programmable relays, 4-20mA or RS-485 Modbus options are crucial.  

3) Real-Time Monitoring

When installing H2S sensors, one of the best safety features they possess is the ability to perform real-time monitoring. As the sensors have become more advanced technologically, they can provide safety engineers and technicians with data as it occurs, allowing for quick decisions in the event of an emergency. H2S detectors use built-in concentration graphs to display current data, giving on-site technicians and safety personnel the ability to accurately assess situations.

4) Customizable Systems

With technology improving continually in the area of hydrogen sulfide detection, gas detection systems are now able to be customized depending on the work environment, data systems, and gas concentrations. When choosing a hydrogen sulfide detector, it’s important to look at the bigger picture and how it fits into the entire gas detection system. Because there are a number of factors that make your environment unique, having a detector with different input/output options will help you stay one step ahead of danger.

Choose GDS Corporation

We’re proud to offer a number of top-of-the-line solutions for detecting H2S levels in industrial settings such as oilrigs or wastewater treatment plants. With the technology to detect hydrogen sulfide fast and accurately, you can rest assured that you and your team will be warned of hazardous conditions. 

Get in touch with our team to learn which hydrogen sulfide detector is best for your work environment.