In many types of industrial environments, a hydrogen sulfide gas buildup is a scenario workers do not want to face. Smelling like rotten eggs, hydrogen sulfide can rise to dangerous levels very quickly, due to it being colorless and able to spread over large areas rather quickly. If this happens, the likelihood of a fire or explosion is rather high, putting employees and others at great risk. To ensure this doesn’t happen, companies often choose to invest in combustible gas detectors that can be used in a variety of work environments. If your company is in need of combustible gas leak detectors, here are the most important elements of an H2S meter.
Because these detectors are installed in manufacturing plants, offshore drilling platforms, refineries, medical laboratories, and other areas, various types of alarms are often needed to keep workers safe. As a result, combustible gas sensors are now equipped with multi-faceted alarm systems such as warning sirens, strobes, and emergency lights that vary in color from yellow to red, indicating the current level of danger. By having these different types of alarms, the meters can work well in virtually any environment. For workers who may be in noisy areas where sirens would be ineffective, strobes and emergency lights are very effective. But for areas where workers are located far from one another and may not be able to see warning lights or strobes, warning sirens can quickly let them know a problem exists.
Mobile Device Linkage
Since many industrial complexes are quite large, companies now provide many workers with mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones to carry with them at all times. By doing so, workers can stay in touch with co-workers while performing their duties, and can also have access to information regarding gas levels in areas where they will be working. By using wireless technology, a combustible gas detector can instantly relay real-time data to workers who may find themselves in dangerous situations, enabling them to evacuate an area before the situation becomes critical.
To ensure that combustible hydrocarbon gas monitoring is accurate and reliable, H2S meters are made to be calibrated as easy as possible. This can be done either remotely or on-site by supervisors and maintenance technicians who have been trained in the proper procedures. This must be done very carefully, since improper calibration can lead to the meters providing inaccurate data.
When hydrogen sulfide builds up to combustible levels, many times it occurs in confined spaces. Because of this, many workers who spend time in confined spaces are now provided portable H2S meters, which can be clipped to a belt or shirt pocket. Providing real-time gas levels, these meters allow for hands-free monitoring, enabling workers to complete their tasks without worry of not being aware of potentially dangerous gas leaks.
For additional information on the most important elements of an H2S meter, contact Global Detection Systems to speak with experienced industrial safety personnel who can answer your questions.