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

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

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

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

Carbon Monoxide Vs. Carbon Dioxide: Let’s Compare

Carbon Monoxide Vs. Carbon Dioxide: Let’s Compare What is the difference between carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide? When referring to carbon monoxide (CO) and carbon dioxide (CO2), people often confuse or interchange the two. For the most part, people are aware that they are two different gases, but which one is the good one and which is the bad one, or is it even correct to classify them that way? Before getting into how and where carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide affect... Read More

Is a Pumped Gas Monitor Right for Your Application?

Is a Pumped Gas Monitor Right for Your Application? Is Using a Pumped Gas Monitor Right for Your Application? Ever since workers began using electronic gas detectors, they have used instruments with pumps. Nevertheless, exactly when and how pumps should be used is still a common topic, even today. Many people believe that every gas monitor should have a pump. They feel that without a pump the gas monitor is less accurate, slower to respond, and simply doesn’t detect as much... Read More