Gas detection devices can save lives on a job site and even in your home. Deadly gasses are a silent threat, so you need the right piece of equipment you can rely on to notify you of these invisible dangers. On a job site, gas detection devices can alert to toxic gas, combustible gas, or the lack of oxygen in a given area.
Portable Gas Detection Device
Portable monitors are designed to protect personnel who may be working in a certain area. People are portable so it makes sense that this detection device is best to use to detect gas around individuals while they’re on the job. They can also detect potentially hazardous gasses upon entering and exiting different spaces.
Fixed Gas Detection Device
Fixed detectors are generally put in places primarily to protect the facility, to detect catastrophic leaks, or to be an early warning of gases leaking from a system. By protecting the facility, they are also protecting the lives of the people working in the facility. These devices are also generally more automated.
So Which One Should You Use?
There are several factors that go into choosing the gas detection system that’s best for your job site. You need to know where the gas is coming from, how often the area is accessed by employees, the location and environment, how often routine maintenance is needed, etc.
When job personnel are under the threat of continuous exposure or face unpredictable conditions, personal monitoring with portable gas detectors is the safest measure. Most portable gas detectors are powered by batteries and not limited to a main power source. However, the person using the device needs to be well trained and must remember to check the detector.
On the other hand, fixed gas detectors are meant to be more preventative so that the plant manager is notified of dangerous conditions. When combined with line of sight and/or point gas detectors, the additional layer of protection provided by acoustic detector offers the ultimate solution for gas leak detection in applications such as outdoor and unmanned operations. However, fixed gas detectors protect the facility more so than the workers that enter and exit. Fixed detectors also require a main power source and cost more than portable detectors.
Still need assistance on which gas detector is right for you? We can help you find the right gas detector for your needs. The Del Rio Company supplies high-quality gas detection instruments from industry leaders, such as Industrial Scientific. Give us a call at 225-756-7092 to talk about how we can supply specific business solutions for your project.