In virtually any industrial facility or laboratory setting, different types of equipment are installed, tested, and repaired within confined spaces. Because of this, it is vital to make sure these areas are properly monitored so that workers are not exposed to toxic or combustible gas buildups from volatile organic compounds, commonly known as VOC. To do so, a facility will rely upon VOC gas detector systems that utilize fixed and portable detectors and sensors. However, since all facilities containing confined spaces have different safety protocols, it is crucial to choose VOC sensors that can apply the best possible detection and measurement techniques in these situations.

Portable VOC Measurement

To ensure volatile organic compounds are monitored in the most efficient and safe manner, most companies today use portable VOC detectors in areas where confined spaces are common. As technology has evolved in the field of VOC detection, electronics used for these monitoring purposes have become much smaller, allowing for the design and creation of portable monitoring units. By using these monitors, workers in confined spaces and other isolated areas can perform installation and troubleshooting while having hands-free monitoring. In addition, the detectors can be clipped onto clothing, and can also transmit real-time data to engineers, ensuring VOC levels will be carefully scrutinized for any abnormalities.

Calibration and Data Analysis

Since many of these monitors and sensors will be located in work environments that contain such harsh elements as wide-ranging temperature extremes, high humidity levels, and shocks and vibrations, it is very important they be able to maintain calibration levels that will ensure the data they transmit is accurate and reliable no matter the conditions. Because of this, they are designed to include electronics that allow the monitors to constantly self-calibrate, meaning they can adjust to ever-changing conditions and calibrate themselves accordingly. But to make sure they can continue being accurate no matter the circumstances, they can also be programmed by off-site engineers located in monitoring centers. With this capability, engineers can examine data and reset parameters if necessary, which can be important should an emergency event take place at a facility.

Maintenance and Scheduling Requirements

With their ability to monitor a site 24/7, VOC meters can play a pivotal role in helping a facility plan and maintain a maintenance and production schedule that is much more efficient than in years past. Since large amounts of data can be gathered and transmitted to engineers for immediate analysis in real-time, problems with equipment that may result in a VOC buildup can be detected much faster. As a result, not only are potentially serious situations averted, but production shutdowns are limited, saving companies thousands or millions of dollars along the way.

Whether it is in confined spaces, laboratories, storage areas, or other areas of a facility, using a VOC monitor to keep an area and nearby employees safe is more important than ever. To learn more about the equipment associated with VOC detection and measurement techniques, contact GDS at 409-927-2980 or at