Very difficult to detect and able to move around an area very fast, benzene is a hazard for many industrial employees. Whether it’s maintenance personnel in a manufacturing plant or workers repairing equipment in confined spaces on an offshore drilling platform, having up-to-date benzene monitoring equipment on the premises is vital to ensuring everyone stays safe. And as technology has advanced in recent years, the sensors have many additional capabilities that provide greater levels of safety. To learn more about the various features, here are some points to remember regarding electrochemical gas sensors.
Because benzene gas detectors are used in various types of work environments, they are equipped with multiple alarm settings so that they can be effective no matter the conditions they encounter. For example, in a manufacturing plant where noise levels may be very high, systems that have warning lights and strobes can be very effective in alerting workers to dangerous conditions. But in areas where workers may be spread out over long distances and may not be able to see warning lights, loud warning sirens may be more effective. By having multiple alarm features, benzene sensors can prove useful in many different work environments.
For many employees who do not stay in one area of a facility each day, not having access to data about possibly dangerous benzene levels can put them in extreme danger. Especially true of maintenance personnel who work in confined spaces, many companies are now purchasing portable benzene gas monitors for these and other workers to use in the performance of their duties. By having these monitors with them at all times, workers who may be in confined spaces repairing or replacing equipment will be much safer.
In many situations where high benzene levels occur, it’s due to leaks coming from pipes or valves, as well as equipment that has malfunctioned or broken down. As a result, benzene monitors now come with high-tech process control capabilities. Not only does this feature allow for quicker detection of potential equipment problems, but it also is considered very cost-effective, since it lets equipment be repaired rather than replaced.
Because benzene levels can rise quickly and without warning, having access to real-time data can be the difference in avoiding a catastrophe or having a major accident with injuries and deaths. To keep this from happening, today’s electrochemical gas sensors are now equipped with state-of-the-art electronics that let them connect with wireless networks to transmit real-time data to mobile devices as well as monitoring centers. By using WiFi technology, the sensors can not only transmit data several miles away, but also send the data to smartphones and laptops carried by on-site personnel.
As more companies realize it is smart to invest time and money in their industrial safety programs, electrochemical gas sensors will no doubt become more widespread within various industries. To learn more about their various features, speak with an experienced industry consultant at Global Detection Systems.