When the smell of rotten eggs permeates throughout an industrial facility, research lab, or other similar facility, it is likely a buildup of hydrogen sulfide gas has occurred. When this happens, the gas can rapidly spread over a large area, putting numerous people at risk. Due to the severity of these situations, more and more companies are investing in sophisticated hydrogen sulfide gas detectors. With state-of-the-art electronics that can be effective in many types of work environments, they can be placed in various areas of a facility that have the greatest likelihood of gas leaks. But while these H2S sensors are extremely important to worker safety, it is important to know as many details as possible about them before making a final selection.
Multiple Alarm Systems
By having multiple alarm systems, H2S gas sensors are considered to be a good choice for almost any type of work setting. With strobes, sirens, and flashing lights, the sensors can work well in environments where a variety of factors are at play, such as high humidity levels, noise, temperature extremes, and dust or dirt. Due to the advanced electronics found in these sensors, accuracy and reliability are rarely an issue, making these sensors very well-suited for offshore drilling platforms, chemical manufacturing plants, and many types of storage areas.
Data Transmission Capabilities
In situations where hydrogen sulfide gas leaks occur, time is of the essence. As a result, engineers, safety technicians, and others both at the site and stationed in nearby monitoring centers must have access to the most up-to-date data. Because of this, H2S detectors are equipped with electronics enabling them to transmit data in real-time. By doing so, the detectors can not only send data much quicker, but can also be easily integrated within a facility’s wireless network. With this capability, the detectors can thus be linked to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, allowing engineers, technicians, and management personnel to have access to data no matter where they are located.
For an H2S microsensor to be able to transmit data that is accurate and reliable, it must have the capacity to maintain accurate calibration. With today’s sensors, this is made possible due to the electronic systems which allow for calibration to occur both on-site by maintenance technicians and engineers, as well as by personnel located in monitoring centers. By having the ability for multiple types of calibration, facilities can have sensors in place that can provide accurate data even under the most difficult circumstances.
Monitoring Confined Spaces
While a hydrogen sulfide gas buildup can be dangerous in any area of a facility, it can be especially dangerous in confined spaces. To guard against these buildups going undetected, companies now equip workers in these areas with portable hydrogen sulfide detectors. Small enough to be clipped to belts or clothing, they can send real-time data to monitoring personnel, while at the same time allowing workers in confined spaces to track gas levels and evacuate safely if a dangerous leak occurs.