When employees are working in confined spaces, they face many situations that could be hazardous. One of the most deadly is the threat of methane gas, which can happen in a few minutes within confined spaces. Leading to explosions or fires, these gas buildups can lead not only to extensive damage to equipment and buildings, but also severe injuries and deaths of workers. To prevent these situations from occurring, companies use state-of-the-art methane gas detection systems to prevent undetected gas buildups within confined spaces.
Since most industrial facilities have many confined spaces, workers are always on the move from one area to another during the course of their workday. Because of this, it is generally not practical to place separate detectors within each confined space, since the cost and logistics of doing so can be difficult and expensive. However, as an alternative, companies equip maintenance technicians, engineers, and other workers with duties in confined spaces with portable methane CH4 gas detectors. Compact enough to be carried from area to area, they can offer accurate real-time data that can be transmitted to on-site engineers as well as off-site personnel in monitoring centers. And because they are so small, the monitors can be clipped to belts or shirts, allowing for easy hands-free monitoring of the area.
In most facilities, numerous sensors are positioned near equipment and around storage areas, pipelines, and warehouses in an attempt to properly monitor for methane gas buildups. However, while this type of detection system has proven to be effective, modern technology now allows for stand-alone methane gas detectors to be used in more industrial settings. Able to monitor large areas as well as confined spaces while positioned in a central location, stand-alone sensors have proven to be very accurate and reliable, even when installed in harsh work environments. However, with a price tag of $10,000 or more, some companies with smaller budgets may have cause for concern. But with their strong record of accuracy and reliability, buying these sensors is now viewed as a smart investment in employee and facility safety.
Wireless Network Technology
Since most facilities now operate with wireless networks, methane gas monitors are equipped with electronics enabling them to be integrated within a building’s wireless network. As a result, they can transmit real-time data to monitoring centers, and also to mobile devices used by on-site personnel such as engineers and technicians.
Because confined spaces can be found in many different types of work environments, having systems with various types of methane gas detector alarms is crucial to providing the highest levels of safety. With most detectors, alarms such as sirens, flashing lights, and strobes are available, making them effective in a variety of areas. Whether it is a large industrial complex where workers are spread out, or perhaps an area where many workers will be in confined spaces where vibrations from equipment will be common, having these methane detection systems installed will lead to greater safety for everyone.