In many different types of industrial work environments, benzene poses a significant threat to workers in confined spaces and other areas. A substance that can be very difficult to detect, as well as one that can move from one area to another very fast, benzene can make many work environments dangerous to anyone who is nearby. Because of this, companies that have this substance on the premises install electrochemical toxic gas sensors in various areas to keep employees safe. But since these sensors have a variety of capabilities, knowing how their most important features can help your particular workplace is crucial to having a safe working environment.

Alarms and Calibration

To ensure electrochemical gas sensors are able to perform well in numerous work areas, they are equipped with multiple alarm systems. In most cases, these include sirens, warning lights, and strobes, all of which can prove vital in an emergency. For example, in areas where workers may be in large spaces and thus spread out from one another, sirens may be the most effective way to alert them of a dangerous situation. However, in areas where noise levels may be high, warning lights and strobes are often most effective. And since the electrochemical sensors are made to be self-calibrating, they can be easily monitored by off-site engineers, and adjusted accordingly if necessary.

Confined Space Monitors

In situations where maintenance technicians will be working in confined spaces, it’s vital they be able to closely monitor benzene levels. Since levels in these areas can reach dangerous amounts in only minutes, workers who are unaware of this may suffer severe injuries to their kidneys or nervous systems. To minimize their risks, companies equip technicians and others who will be in these spaces with portable electrochemical gas detectors. Since these devices can be easily clipped to clothing or positioned on or near equipment, workers can easily perform their duties while also having real-time readings of benzene levels in their area.

Process Control Technology

When a benzene leak occurs, it must be detected quickly. Otherwise, it can spread to numerous areas, putting many people at risk of exposure. But as technology with these detectors has advanced, process control systems have been added to virtually every type of electrochemical gas sensor. Able to detect benzene leaks occurring due to broken pipes or valves, this technology has played a large part in making these gas sensors not only very accurate and reliable, but also cost-effective. By using sensors with process control technology, companies can often detect leaks in time to enact equipment repairs, rather than having equipment be damaged to the point of having to be replaced, which can prove very costly.

Talk to Experts

Rather than wait for an accident to occur at your facility, speak with an Applications Engineer at Global Detection Systems. Armed with years of experience and a wealth of knowledge about electrochemical technology, they can answer any question you may have about these sensors. To get started, visit or call 409-927-2980.

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