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If you’ve ever used gas detectors on the job, chances are you’ve scratched your head once or twice wondering why your monitor wouldn’t stop beeping, whether it really needed to be calibrated, or if you were supposed to evacuate every time you heard an alarm. Or maybe you feel confident in your gas detector expertise, but you want to know about the latest technology and techniques so you can improve the safety culture at your... Read More

Are You Putting Data at the Center of Your Safety Program?

Are You Putting Data at the Center of Your Safety Program? Terms like big data and the Internet of Things (IoT) have been around for a few years now. It’s no surprise that data is growing exponentially. In a few years (by 2020), mobile devices will outnumber humans on planet earth. This means more humans will have access to Internet-connected devices than clean water. Getting data is the easy part, doing something meaningful with the data to create a safer world is much more... Read More

Where Do You Wear Your Gas Detector?

Where Do You Wear Your Gas Detector? Hard hat, collar, belt, shoe? If you ask workers where their gas detectors belong, you’ll likely get an array of answers, all with different reasons behind them. The confusion likely comes from the notion that a “detection range” exists. A detection range is described as the distance from which a monitor can detect gas; for example, “my gas detector will pick up gases from 10 feet away.” The reality, however, is that gases... Read More

One Size Fits All Gas Detection – The Wrong Prescription

One Size Fits All Gas Detection – The Wrong Prescription Have you ever tried on someone else’s glasses? The blurriness can cause headaches, simple tasks can take extra time, and wearing them can be unsafe. You need a prescription that fits your custom vision needs in order to deliver the right level of safety and comfort. Much like a pair of eyeglasses, a portable gas detector should be customized based on a how a person is going to use the device. Customization will help not only... Read More

New Confined Spaces in Construction Standard – FAQs

New Confined Spaces in Construction Standard – FAQs By now you’ve probably heard about the about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) addition to 29 CFR 1926 Subpart AA that updates the rules for confined spaces in the construction industry. On May 4, 2015 OSHA announced the new rules which took effect on August 3, 2015. Since that time, the questions about atmospheric monitoring have been pouring in, but we’re here to help! Below are some of the most... Read More

The Ventis Goes Pro

The Ventis Goes Pro It’s a great night in the NFL. The 2016 NFL draft is where a number of college athletes will be turning pro and beginning their professional careers. Many young men are sitting by their phones hoping for the call from a team that has their name on the draft board and anxiously waiting to hear their names be called out. It’s been a great week at Industrial Scientific too! This past Monday, we celebrated the launch of our... Read More

Together Again – At Last!

Together Again – At Last! This post is dedicated to Mr. K.E. McElhattan, our Founder, without him, none of this would have been possible. When I walked into 7848 Steubenville Pike for the first time in 1986 as the 42nd employee of Industrial Scientific Corporation, I knew I had found a home.  I was welcomed into the family – 42 people working together, under one roof, with one common goal to make certain that our customers could bet their lives... Read More

5 Questions to Ask Before Renting Gas Detection Equipment

Why rent? The expenses and maintenance burdens of owning gas detection equipment for short-term needs often makes renting the better option. But, not all rental programs are as cost-effective and/or convenient as they might sound. Some have hidden costs that don’t surface until after the rental period is complete. Or, your special project is due to begin and your order doesn’t arrive with the accessories that... Read More

Is Data the “King” of Your Gas Detection Program?

Being that we live in the age of data and that there are easier ways than ever before to collect data on almost any subject, complying with tougher safety reporting standards should be second nature. But is this true when it comes to gas detection? Should data be the king of your program? Gas detection programs exist for the purpose of saving lives. Whether the gas detectors are  used for personal protection, exposure... Read More

It’s National Farm Safety & Health Week: A review of the gas hazards workers face

National Farm Safety and Health Week is observed September 21-27, 2014. In support of this year’s theme, “Safety Counts: Protecting What Matters Most,” here’s a review of the dangerous gases faced by workers in the industry. Most common is hydrogen sulfide (H2S). H2S is a colorless gas that is known by its characteristic rotten egg-like color. Because it appears naturally from decomposition, locations... Read More