Using Area Monitors to Improve Efficiency and Safety of Confined Space Operations

Using Area Monitors to Improve Efficiency and Safety of Confined Space Operations You’ve probably heard confined space horror stories a million times. The person inside of a confined space performing routine maintenance becomes unresponsive. The “hole watch” responsible for monitoring the work goes into the confined space to check on his partner and is overcome by the same deadly gas. It’s a tragic story of trying to help a co-worker based on gut reaction rather than proper safety protocols.... Read More

The Ins and Outs of Real-Time Area Monitoring

The Ins and Outs of Real-Time Area Monitoring Area monitors are typically set up to create a buffer between workers and potential gas hazards, or as a perimeter around an area where work is being performed that could cause unsafe conditions. Real-time area monitoring requires instrument data to be continuously collected, processed, and delivered. This uninterrupted flow of information ensures access to real-time data from a PC or mobile device anytime and anywhere. In... Read More

Confined Spaces. . .We Have a Failure to Communicate

A quote from the 1967 film “Cool Hand Luke” perfectly sums up the problems that we all face with confined spaces: “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach.” Approximately 60% of all deaths in confined spaces are rescuers[1], because the men and women inside the space can’t communicate about the dangers within. According to a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)... Read More

Top 9 Features to Look for in an Area Monitoring Solution

Top 9 Features to Look for in an Area Monitoring Solution Gas hazards can turn deadly in a matter of minutes or seconds. That’s why safety professionals everywhere spend countless hours evaluating solutions to keep their environments, and more importantly people, protected from gas exposures. Whether you’re in the market for a new area monitoring solution, or you’re simply curious about the latest gas detection technology, you can learn how area monitors are improving the jobs of... Read More

Understanding Gas Hazards in the Chemical Industry

Understanding Gas Hazards in the Chemical Industry Chemicals are everywhere. Everything from the soap you used to shower this morning to the glue holding your desk together is a product of the chemical industry. But when you try to determine everything that falls under the chemicals umbrella, things can get complicated. From a high-level perspective, chemicals can be broken down into three categories[i]: Basic Chemicals – These include petrochemicals (derived from... Read More

3 Reasons to Use Radius BZ1 Area Monitors for Your Upcoming Turnaround

3 Reasons to Use Radius BZ1 Area Monitors for Your Upcoming Turnaround Your upcoming plant turnaround project is probably a big deal. It will be high-cost and high-impact, and needs to be well planned, and of course, well executed. The working pattern, number of people, and moving parts and equipment in your facility will change—maybe significantly. And amidst the deviations from your “norm,” an ideal scenario is that all aspects of the project will work together seamlessly to... Read More

Combating the “Dangerfield Effect” in Gas Detection

Dangers of the “Dangerfield Effect” in Gas Detection Over the past few years, the oil and gas industry has seen a large spike in four-gas monitor usage in their gas detection programs. The reason behind the increase is that many companies are starting to realize that there are more common gas hazards outside of just hydrogen sulfide (H2S). For many users, this is their first time wearing a four-gas monitor. As... Read More

Understanding Cross Sensitivities Can Help to Keep Workers Safer

Cross Sensitivity in the Workplace Toxic, combustible, and asphyxiant gases pose some of the greatest threats to workplace safety. In some cases, you may be unsure which gases could be present in your work environment. Fortunately, many different options are available to detect gases in a facility. For example, you could collect a sample and have it analyzed with a mass spectrometer to get an exact reading of what is in the... Read More

Case Study: Gas Detector Battery Life Excels During Plant Shutdown

Case Study: Gas Detector Battery Life Excels During Plant Shutdown Continuous operational processes at an industrial plant are typically shut down 5% or less per year, yet 70% of major accidents occur during non-routine (start-up, plant shutdown, or online maintenance) operations. [i] Why? The situation during a plant shutdown is completely different from a normal day. Processes are stopped, equipment is emptied and opened, and the amount of people and moving vehicles including trucks and... Read More

Bump Testing Gas Detectors Should Be Second Nature

Bump Testing Gas Detectors Should Be Second Nature You wouldn’t drive a vehicle without putting on your seat belt. You wouldn’t ride a bike without putting on a helmet. You don’t go to bed at night without locking your doors. Everyday practices like these create good habits that make our lives easier and safer. When it comes to gas detection, safe and simple practices like these are no different. Gas detectors that are used every day require the same type of attention. You... Read More