Protecting Personnel and Sites with Gas Detectors

Using a gas monitoring instrument can help avoid an explosion or prevent worker injury or exposure to toxic gases if used effectively in combination with appropriate action taken if dangerous levels of gases are detected.

Helping You Select the Right Gas Detection Instrument for Your Industry

Suitable across a range of industrial applications, toxic gas detectors can demonstrate their capacity for personal safety, especially for those working in volatile environments.

Gas Detection Instruments come in four different formats. The most common are:

  • Portable detectors, handheld detectors.
  • Fixed detectors, permanently sited monitors.
  • Personal detectors that continuously monitor the breathing zone.
  • Semi-portable instruments, where a temporary detection or contractual detection is required. 

Evolving legislation and regulatory compliance, in combination with changing insurance pre-requisites, are making the use of gas detectors more common in many industries. 

This is because gas monitoring instruments can prevent explosions and prevent worker injury or exposure to toxic gases if used effectively in combination with appropriate action taken if dangerous levels of gases are detected. 

Portable and Personal Gas Detectors

Portable and Personal gas detectors are categorized as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), developed to keep personnel safe from toxic gases while facilitating mobile testing of locations prior to entering them.

These compact devices are critical in many areas where gas hazards may occur because they are often the only way to continuously monitor an operator’s breathing zone whilst both stationary and moving.

Protecting Personnel and Sites with Gas Detectors

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Fixed Gas Detectors

Fixed detectors are typically installed to protect the entire facility, to detect potentially disastrous leaks or to be an early indicator of leaking gases from a system. In process operations, a fixed gas detector is employed to detect a leak and alert the plant manager of the situation.

Though it cannot move with the operator, fixed gas detectors offer personnel protection, while personal gas detectors are designed to inspect an operator’s individual breathing zone.

Protecting Personnel and Sites with Gas Detectors

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Semi Portable Gas Detectors

Semi Portable Gas Detectors satisfy the various requirements for gas detection industries and are typically used where a temporary or contractual method of detection for a specific project or incident is necessary.

Protecting Personnel and Sites with Gas Detectors

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Many sites deploy a mix of fixed, personal and portable gas detection instruments, though the instruments can be used on their own merit.

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Ion Science.

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