When workers in industrial facilities, water treatment plants, research laboratories, and other areas smell rotten eggs, they know all too well a hydrogen sulfide gas buildup has likely occurred. In these situations, the danger level can rise very quickly, since this type of gas can spread rapidly over large areas of a building. To guard against a gas leak such as this going undetected until it’s too late, many companies now purchase hydrogen sulfide gas detectors and install them in strategic areas where gas leaks are most likely to occur. But before purchasing these for your facility, it’s best to know more about the selection and use of H2S sensors.

Work Environments

Because these sensors are equipped with multiple types of alarm systems such as strobes, sirens, and multi-colored flashing warning lights, they can be easily adapted to many different work environments. Used extensively within the oil and gas industry, these sensors can be found on offshore drilling platforms, in refineries and storage areas, chemical processing plants, and many other areas. Along with the multiple alarm systems, H2S gas sensors are also equipped with advanced electronic systems that make them adaptable to areas where temperature extremes, high humidity levels, and dust and dirt may play a factor in accuracy and reliability with other sensors.

Real-time Data Transmission

Since hydrogen sulfide gas buildups are so dangerous, it’s crucial for engineers and other key personnel to have instant access to real-time data. To make this happen, H2S detectors are able to integrate with wireless networks, enabling them to link directly with mobile devices including tablets and smartphones. In doing so, engineers and others can analyze information much faster than before, enabling them to work with technicians in locating equipment that may be in need of repair.

Calibration Methods

To make H2S microsensors as effective as possible, they have electronic systems that allow them to maintain accurate and reliable calibration in virtually any work environment. Whether done on-site by maintenance technicians or engineers, or instead done remotely from monitoring centers, having accurate calibration can always ensure the data being transmitted is correct.

Confined Space Monitoring

While these sensors are well-known for providing excellent monitoring of large areas, they are also very effective in monitoring confined spaces. For workers who spend many hours in these areas installing, testing, and repairing various types of sensitive equipment, having their area constantly monitored for hydrogen sulfide gas buildups is crucial to their safety. And as technology has advanced with these types of sensors and detectors, many technicians now carry portable hydrogen sulfide detectors with them when working in confined spaces. Smaller than most cellphones, they can clip onto clothing or belts, enabling workers to perform their tasks while having hands-free monitoring capabilities.

By knowing as much as possible about how to select and use hydrogen sulfide sensors, a facility and its workers can be made much safer. To learn more about these sensors and their features, contact an Applications Engineer at Global Detection Systems by visiting www.gdscorp.com.

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