Since coming into contact with benzene can lead to respiratory distress as well as nervous system complications, it is crucial workers in areas where benzene is present be protected as much as possible from these threats. To do so, companies now rely on advanced benzene monitoring equipment in many types of buildings and facilities. From water treatment plants to chemical processing areas, benzene is a threat that should never be taken lightly. To ensure you are doing everything possible to have state-of-the-art benzene monitoring at your facility, here are some important details to always keep in mind.
Advanced Calibration and Electronics
When monitoring for benzene, it is critical the benzene gas detectors being used are able to compile and send data that is always accurate and reliable. To make this happen, these detectors are equipped with the latest electronics and software designed to ensure proper calibration at all times. Since most benzene leaks occur near pipes and valves, it is important these detectors be installed in or near these areas. By doing so, real-time data can be quickly gathered and transmitted to monitoring personnel, who can then analyze data and take actions regarding equipment repairs, troubleshooting, or the implementation of emergency procedures such as evacuations.
Harsh Work Environments
In many industrial buildings and facilities, harsh work conditions can sometimes make it difficult to ensure all data regarding benzene levels is accurate. To make sure there are no problems with this, benzene gas monitors are mostly self-contained, meaning they have protective shields in place to guard the electronics used for calibration and data gathering. Due to these shields, the monitors can be placed in almost any type of work environment and continue to transmit data that is accurate, reliable, and in real-time. Thus, whether they are needed on an offshore drilling platform, inside the confined spaces of a manufacturing plant, or near pipes and valves located in the storage area of a warehouse, these monitors can be quite effective at preventing an unnecessary accident or tragedy.
Since most benzene leaks happen in isolated areas where pipes or valves are present, it is also likely the pipes and valves are located in confined spaces where equipment is installed. Because of this, great care should be exercised in ensuring the confined spaces be monitored as closely as possible. However, since confined spaces are often difficult to properly monitor, many facilities fall by the wayside in this area of industrial safety. To make sure your company does not, it is often best to equip engineers, technicians, and safety personnel with portable benzene sensors. In doing so, they can have monitors that not only provide continual readings of benzene levels in their area, but also transmit that data to on-site personnel via linking to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Best of all, since the portable sensors are smaller than cellphones and can be easily clipped to belts or clothing, they allow workers to perform their tasks while having hands-free monitoring capabilities.