In many instances when a gas leak goes undetected, the result is a fire or explosion. If this happens within an industrial work environment, the damage to property and injuries sustained by people at the scene can be catastrophic. To guard against the presence of an undetected gas leak, many facilities make use of Lower Explosive Limit detection systems. Able to scan for many different types of gases, these detectors can immediately alert engineers and safety personnel of gas levels that may fall into a dangerous range, allowing emergency procedures to occur before it is too late. In addition, LEL gas detectors have many other features and capabilities that make them invaluable to modern industrial and laboratory settings.
While an undetected gas leak can be dangerous in a large area, it can become deadly in a matter of minutes within a confined space. Thus, companies often rely on portable LEL gas monitors to help workers in these areas. Since engineers, maintenance technicians, and safety personnel are often in these areas performing inspections, repairing equipment, and installing and troubleshooting machinery, they require monitoring equipment that is hands-free. As a result, portable monitors are able to be clipped to belts or shirts, are easy to use, and transmit real-time data in the same manner as fixed monitors.
Multiple Gas Detection
To make an LEL detection system as effective as possible for different types of work environments, it must be made to monitor multiple gases simultaneously. Thus, LEL systems rely on multiple pathway detection. Based on electrochemical technology that encompasses open path and sample draw methods, these detectors can detect many types of dangerous gases extremely fast, allowing emergency personnel to make quicker decisions. Due to the accuracy and reliability of these detection systems, they are now used in many industrial plants and complexes.
When an LEL meter is installed within a building, it is equipped with advanced electronics that allow it to use various types of alarms to alert nearby personnel of impending danger. With most meters, their alarm systems are comprised on sirens, strobes, and flashing lights, which can be used individually or together depending on the work environment. As an example, sirens are often relied on most in areas where workers are separated by long distances, while flashing lights and strobes prove to be very effective in areas where noise levels are high.
As many industrial complexes and laboratories are now equipped with wireless technology, this has allowed LEL detectors to be linked with a number of mobile devices, such as smartphones. By doing so, technicians and others who move around many different areas during their workday can always have access to real-time data. This is crucial during an emergency, since engineers and others will need to have accurate data while performing repairs or checking calibration levels on monitors. By having easy and immediate access to data that is constantly changing, emergency personnel can work with engineers to make the safest decisions for everyone.