Atmospheric Hazards Aren’t Working from Home

Atmospheric Hazards Aren’t Working from Home

Kyle Krueger | Monday, August 24, 2020

Since the first gas monitor beeped, there has always been someone responsible for the well-being of that unit. This person usually holds the title of a safety professional. Whenever there is a question about the monitor (usage, functionality, etc.), you would head across your site or down the hall to see them. Their desk was typically scattered with various paper JSA forms and a “goofy” safety sign from that time the safety sign salesperson dropped by their office. Behind this desk sat the person with the solution to all your problems. A slightly bemused professional who would, without a doubt, resolve your burden. They might hand you a spare gas monitor with a look, and you would go about your day. What happened behind the scenes was not your problem. You got a new monitor and got back to work.

COVID-19 means that your go-to safety professional is more likely at their home office than down the hall. But you still need to use your monitor because gas hazards aren’t working from home. What do you do now when you have a question about a monitor? What happens when it breaks?  What will you do when you realize that you don’t have any spare gas detectors because the budget got slashed? Welcome to the reality of trying to manage a gas detection program under COVID-19.

So much about our everyday lives has changed. You interact with fewer people each day and in new ways, your commute might be a bit shorter, and your work hours may have changed. But one important thing hasn’t changed: atmospheric hazards and the inherent dangers they pose.

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To accurately assess these hazards, you need a properly functioning gas monitor. However, when the inevitable maintenance issues occur, what will you do? Headed into next year, your budgets have likely been cut between 10-20%. And your monitors will be another year older. If you’re following the Hansel and Gretel breadcrumbs of this story, you know that the evil witch is lurking around the corner. Except it isn’t going to be a witch, it will be downtime your facility can’t afford. How will you solve these issues without budget or your safety professionals on site regularly? Furthermore, how will your safety professionals manage these programs without access to data on the hazards they can no longer see?

The natural response to these stressors is to either freeze and do nothing or make a quick fix by buying the cheapest solution on the market. While there are numerous fables to quote, I will spare you another metaphor. Instead, I’ll put it bluntly: neither of those options will set you up for success in 2020 or 2021. To get through this, we all need the right technology. Now is the time to figure out how your program will survive the disruption. This can only be solved by incorporating elements of both data and service powered by internet connectivity.

The old saying of “scared money don’t make none” rings true. If you are afraid to spend your dollars on solutions, then you should fear the results. The good old days of strolls down to the office or exchanging repairs during your weekly vendor visit have either diminished or vanished altogether. If you honestly consider what will happen when things go wrong, and who will fix it, you’ll realize that you need to adapt—and fast.

Fortunately, Industrial Scientific solved these problems long ago with a suite of gas detection service and connectivity solutions, plus the people and know-how you need to set you and your program up for success. The hazards aren’t working from home, and your essential people aren’t either. Let’s work together to create a scalable and dependable solution so they can go home safely at the end of each day.