You’re in the industrial world, and gas detection is critical for a variety of applications. Hot work, confined spaces, turn arounds and shut downs… Each of these settings require different regulations, products and solutions. At the Del Rio Company we know that one size does not fit all. Your business is unique and so is the work you do. That’s why we’re producing this series of articles as a resource for navigating gas detection solutions based on your needs.
First up, gas detection solutions for confined spaces.
Does your industry require confined space work? If so you know how dangerous it can be. The threats are imminent- low oxygen, high combustibility, toxic substances and more. Gas detection is not optional. Regardless of whether a space has been tested and declared safe, the area must be monitored thoroughly as long as workers are present.
Here are the considerations you need to make concerning gas detection in confined spaces.
Considerations for Confined Spaces
Assess the safety of the confined space prior to any staff entering. Air samples can be drawn by gas detectors with a pump. Additionally, gas detecting accessories like probes and tubing kits create opportunities for more accuracy and ease when taking air samples. Other instruments also have the capability to provide continuous monitoring of the space even while staff are inside.
With this technology, you can know what’s happening inside a space at all times with real-time reporting. An attendant or “hole watch” will be able to monitor inside activity and ensure staff are safe and attended to. They will also be more aware if a problem arises that requires action. These products can also increase efficiency– as confined spaces can be monitored without the attendant being present at every entry-point.
Miscellaneous Equipment Safety
Not only do you need to consider the effectiveness of your gas detecting technology, but all equipment present at the site needs to be intrinsically safe. All tools should be assessed for explosion hazard avoidance. This may include lighting, cables, ventilators, etc.
Compliance and safety regulations require regular maintenance to ensure your equipment is in working order and effectively monitoring your staff. Some products come with automated calibration, record keeping and diagnostics. Keep maintenance simple with tools like these. Otherwise, make sure that you have regular maintenance scheduled to keep your team safe and incident free.
The Del Rio Company works with the best suppliers in the industry to provide products that are of the highest quality and highest service to our clients. We work with Industrial Scientific, an industry leader, to provide gas detecting equipment. Call us at (225) 756-7092 to discuss what type of instrumentation best meets your needs. Our experienced and expert team will help you find the specific products that meet your unique needs.