Turnaround season is around the corner. Have you considered gas detector rental for your equipment needs? - Turnarounds often require an increased number of workers who use gas detection to avoid hazards including oxygen deficiency, combustible gases (typically displayed as LEL), carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, and VOCs. To meet this need, companies must decide whether to rent or buy portable gas detection equipment. Here are some options to consider.
Gas Detector Rental
You may choose to rent gas detection equipment for your next turnaround and other short-term needs such as in outages, emergencies, special projects, etc. Not all gas detector rental programs offer the same benefits. Be sure to scope out the project and ask the right questions:
There are some attractive, low-cost disposable gas detectors available on the market. Before purchasing disposable units, consider the tax factors and disposal costs. Purchasing gas detection equipment is considered a capital expense and must be treated as such at tax time. The entire expense of that purchase cannot be deducted during the year in which it was purchased. The capital costs are amortized or depreciated over the useful life of the piece of equipment. When it comes to disposal, the typical cost of a single gas monitor is upwards of $75.00 each. Batteries, boards and sensors must all be disposed of separately. This involves labor related to disassembly, collection and paperwork, as well as packaging costs and disposal fees.
Expanding your Fleet
Another option is to purchase non-disposable gas detectors to be added to your typical fleet of gas detectors. In this case, companies assume responsibility internally for the maintenance of the instruments. Here are a few things to consider before purchasing extra gas detectors.
Another option is to purchase additional gas detectors for use in the turnaround, and then use a third party to perform the maintenance of those instruments. Here, too, are frequent and unforeseen costs:
There are many options to ensure that an increased workforce during a shutdown is properly protected from hazardous gases. Gas detector rental can be the most cost-effective and efficient way to keep workers safe. Consider the unseen costs of purchasing gas monitors versus renting them for short-term needs such as turnarounds.To learn more about Industrial Scientific rentals, click here.