Using Area Monitors for Confined Space Entries – Part I

Using Area Monitors for Confined Space Entries – Part I You’ve probably heard confined space horror stories a million times. The person working inside the confined space is performing routine maintenance and becomes unresponsive. The attendant responsible for monitoring the work goes into the confined space to check on the other worker and is overcome by 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

After the Fire – Are You Protected From Deadly Gases?

After the Fire – Are You Protected From Deadly Gases? When firefighters encounter fire and smoke, they wear a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) to protect themselves from hazards in the air. Even after the heavy fire is knocked down, unseen gases within the smoke will remain, keeping firefighters in harm’s way. Smoke contains many toxic gases, such as carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrogen cyanide (HCN), which are silent killers. These two compounds are known as the “Toxic... Read More

Gas Detector IP Ratings: Why Do They Matter?

Gas Detector IP Ratings: Why Do They Matter? The release of several “water resistant” cell phones is putting the spotlight on IP ratings. IP ratings, or ingress protection ratings, refer to an electronic device’s ability to resist intrusion by dust, water, and other things that may cause it to stop working. Recent advertisements have touted that the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7 are both rated IP68, but what does that mean? And what about gas detector IP ratings, like the... Read More

Introducing the Radius™ BZ1 Area Monitor

Introducing the Radius™ BZ1 Area Monitor In the gas detection business, we hear a lot of stories about tragic things that happen on industrial worksites. The hardest to hear as equipment manufacturers are stories where workers were put into dangerous situations that could have been avoided. While doing early voice-of-customer work for a new area monitor project, a safety technician told me that the standard response to area monitors in alarm  was to evacuate the... Read More

Fixed Gas Detection or Personal Gas Detectors?

We recently received a question through the “Ask the Experts” section of the website about fixed gas detection. We think that it’s worthy of a blog posting and a deeper dive. This is what the individual wanted to know: Do you have guidance on the use of personal gas detection versus fixed gas detection devices? For example, is using portable gas detection monitors good enough or are there scenarios where fixed heads... 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

Welcome to The Monitor Blog!

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

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