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The Importance of Gas Detection


Gas Detection

Gas detectors are the only way to identify gas leaks and hazards within the workplace. Workers cannot rely on their own sense of smell from a possible gas hazard as some gases are odorless and hard to detect in a timely manner. Therefore, it is imperative to protect workers with appropriate gas detectors.

Why is Gas Detection Important?

Detection of gases is a critical task in many industries. Gas detection devices can be used to detect explosive atmospheres, oxygen deficiency, and toxic gases that may have leaked into the air. Without gas detectors, workers could be exposed to potentially hazardous gases that can not only cause physical and mental harm but could also be fatal.

It is an industry standard and best practice to perform a Hazard/Risk Assessment to determine potential hazards within a given space. The hazard assessment should include detailed documentation regarding the steps to identify and eliminate potential dangers of gas leaks. 

Portable Devices

Portable Gas Detectors are used for the detection of flammable gases, oxygen depletion and other gaseous matter in the air. They contain sensors that detect changes in atmospheric conditions. Most common sensors to be found in a portable gas detector are Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S), Carbon Monoxide (CO), Oxygen (O2) and combustibles (LEL). Atmospheric gases present themselves in different ways when they occur. It is important that the sensors are set properly and in accordance to the environment they are being used in. This will warn a worker when the levels of gas fluctuates from the safety settings; prompting the worker(s) to leave the area. Knowing the hazards of a work space is the sole responsibility of the individual performing the work

Dräger X-am® 2500

Dräger’s X-am® 2500 accurately detects O2, CO, NO2, SO2 and H2S and is the only 1-4 gas monitor you need in industrial, mining and refinery applications. The X-am 2500 combines reliable sensor technology with long battery life and intuitive operation in an instrument that defines safety.

For more information on Gas Detection solutions and product offerings, please call our Safety Solutions Consultant at 604-253-4588. 

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