When it comes to areas of a facility that are very difficult to monitor, confined spaces are at the top of the list for many industrial buildings, research laboratories, manufacturing plants, and other similar settings. From measuring for buildups of methane and benzene to detecting low oxygen levels that can lead to dangerous situations for employees in these areas, using confined space monitors to keep employees safe is of the utmost importance. However, since these spaces present so many different dangers, it is important to know how to properly monitor them for a variety of situations. Thus, here is additional information you can use in your facility.
Gas Level Readings
Before entering a confined space, workers need to know if there are gas levels present in the area that would pose a danger to their safety. To accomplish this, they use portable confined space entry gas detection monitors, allowing them to read gas levels before entering the area to perform equipment installations and repairs. By having this capability, workers can not only stay safer, but also have the data transmitted in real-time to engineers located in monitoring centers.
Volatile Organic Compounds
In many confined spaces, one of the biggest dangers workers may face is an undetected buildup of volatile organic compounds, such as hydrogen sulfide. In these situations, workers may face a variety of risks, such as respiratory distress, burning of eyes and skin, and possible asphyxiation. To ensure this does not happen, special confined space gas detectors are installed nearby and within these areas to monitor gas levels 24/7.
Harsh Work Environments
In almost any type of confined space, there will be various factors at work that make it a difficult work environment to properly monitor for dangerous levels of gas and other substances. From temperature extremes and humidity levels that can be very high to shocks and vibrations from equipment and dust and dirt, these and other factors can greatly hinder the accuracy and reliability of data that is transmitted. To keep this from happening, always select a confined space monitor that is designed to handle harsh work environments. To do so, look for monitors that have their electronics enclosed in a protective shield, and also ones capable of self-calibration based on changing environmental conditions.
Multiple Gas Detection
As technology has evolved over the years with confined space monitoring equipment, one of the most significant advances has been the ability of these monitors and sensors to detect multiple types of gases. By being able to use open path and sample draw monitoring, detectors can quickly detect gas buildups from multiple pathways simultaneously. This is crucial if many different types of substances may be in the air together, since the mixture of some gases and substances can lead to immediate fires and explosions.
If you need to learn more about how to keep confined spaces in your facilities safe from dangerous gas buildups, contact GDS at www.gdscorp.com or by calling 409-927-2980 to speak with an experienced Applications Engineer.