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

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