One Size Fits All Gas Detection – The Wrong Prescription

One Size Fits All Gas Detection – The Wrong Prescription

Industrial Scientific | Monday, June 6, 2016

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 an experienced user who wants to grab the instrument and go, but also a new employee who may not fully understand every feature. For example, a contract worker who is doing a short-term job and is just wearing the monitor to comply doesn’t need the instrument to display every setting. He might only need the most critical screens that tell him when a gas hazard occurs or when maintenance is required.

A safety manager, on the other hand, is likely more familiar with gas detection equipment and therefore may want access to all of the features and settings, including the ability to customize the instruments for a group of workers.

New gas monitors on the market are becoming more customizable to help keep workers safe, no matter their experience level thanks to a new set of features:

Custom start-up messages – These messages appear when certain instruments are turned on and provide helpful safety reminders such as “Wear fall protection on catwalk.” They help to build a safety culture and provide information beyond gas hazards.

Alarm action messages – Every company has its own policy for what to do when a gas monitor’s readings reach a certain level or the instrument goes into alarm. A low alarm may set off a text alert that says “put on respirator” while a high alarm might say “EVACUATE.”  These messages remove the ambiguity for gas detection non-experts who are trying to focus on their jobs.

Acknowledgeable gas alerts – Acknowledgeable alerts can be set to provide early warning when gas reaches a certain level. A worker must hit “ok” to acknowledge that they understand the conditions are becoming more dangerous.

These customizable features reduce the need for training and help to bridge the gap between gas detection experts and those who focus on other functions.

Just like wearing your own prescription glasses, customized gas detectors are a small piece of the puzzle that can have a big impact on safety and convenience.

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