Hazardous materials present a unique set of considerations for safety and responsibility. Emergency responders are typically unaware of the kind and extent of chemicals and gases they may be exposed to on the scene. A personal gas detector is critical to a hazmat worker identifying the conditions and taking the necessary measures to appropriately respond to the threat.
We know that every job or project produces unique considerations. So we’re producing this series of articles as a resource for navigating gas detection solutions. We hope they will be a resource to you as you seek to protect yourself and others.
According to our gas detector provider, Industrial Scientific, “the responsibility of first-responders at a hazardous materials incident is to protect life and property and to minimize environmental impact.” However, tools are necessary for an accurate assessment of an environment. Gas detectors allow workers to “identify and quantify the presence of toxic and combustible gases, allowing emergency teams to quickly take measures to protect themselves and others.” (Industrial Scientific). Here are some factors to consider when selecting gas detection equipment.
Area monitors are needed to establish hazard perimeters or fence lines. This allows the responders to be aware and respond to chemicals or gases that stretch beyond the emergency site. Hazmat workers should wear personal gas monitors as a safety measure, but area monitors have a need as well.
A complicated piece of equipment only delays response-time and effectiveness in an emergency environment. Look for tools that are simple and intuitive for use. Gas detectors from our providers can be enabled in minutes.
Wireless detectors are necessary for hazmat environments. These pieces of equipment allow a command center to track hazardous activity from miles away. It also facilitates quick action and heightened safety in the event of changing conditions or a deteriorating environment.
As we described, the role of emergency responders in the event of a hazardous material incident is to protect themselves, others and the environment around them. Together with our partners, we seek to provide tools and resources to allow them to do this with excellence. 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.