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

Case Study: Proactive Safety with Radius BZ1 & Ventis Pro

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the United States provides a comprehensive publication entitled “Hydraulic Fracturing and Flowback Hazards Other than Respirable Silica.” It includes sections on hazards during transport, during mixing and injection, hazards during pressure pumping and flowback operation, and possible gas encounters. Many of the examples and proposed best practice standards in the... Read More

Docking Stations: What Does “Unavailable” Mean Anyway?

“What does ‘Unavailable’ mean anyway?” It’s a question we’ve heard endless times and, frankly, we agree with the sentiment. DSX™ Docking Stations are the most powerful and easiest means of calibrating and bump testing a gas detector, but the error messages have often left all of us wondering exactly what to do next. Not anymore. DSX v7.6 has been released and includes several improvements to error messaging. The... Read More

Why Consider Switching to a Long-Life Oxygen Sensor?

Why Consider Switching to a Long-Life Oxygen Sensor? There are many ways that sensors in a gas detector can go bad. You might drop an instrument and damage the sensor inside.  You might be in an environment where the ambient gas can poison sensors. You might be in a high humidity environment that can affect the accuracy of gas readings. All these external and environmental effects important to consider, but have you ever had to service or replace a gas detector because the... Read More

Where Do Sensor Poisons and Inhibitors Lurk?

Where are sensors poisons and inhibitors lurking? The sensors inside your personal gas detector are meant to be exposed to toxic, corrosive, and explosive gases, but that doesn’t mean they are infallible. Chemicals and vapors from everyday cleaners and lubricants and specialized chemicals can all act as sensor poisons or inhibitors to different sensor types. One of the most negatively affected is the catalytic bead LEL... Read More