Posted: 30 Nov '17

How You Should Be Using Personal Gas Monitors in the Workplace

personal gas monitors in the workplace
Confined space environments often have a solitary entrance and exit and are not designed for human occupation. To make matters worse, confined spaces are prone to the buildup of dangerous gases or fumes due to a lack of ventilation. Since many deadly gases are not easily detectable by human senses alone, gas monitors should be implemented to ensure the safety of all personnel working in and around confined spaces. Accidents and even death can occur in seconds, and an OSHA approved gas monitoring system combined with a mechanical ventilation system is the best way to keep your employees safe.

Gas Monitoring: Quick and Reliable

OSHA dictates that a technical professional must verify gas levels before any work can begin inside a confined space. When working in confined spaces, air quality should be checked each time personnel venture inside. Confined spaces are generally small, and often do not take long to fill with dangerous gasses that can present issues to the respiratory system or even cause an explosion. Thankfully, testing a space for hazardous gasses is not a lengthy process. Unlike atmospheric testing, gas monitoring equipment provides instant readings on the presence of potentially harmful gasses. This saves time and protects employees.

Gas Monitoring: H2S, Vapors, Volatile Organic Compounds and More

If working in confined spaces wasn’t dangerous enough, industrial environments present a myriad of byproducts that can make them even more hazardous. Examples of include:

  • H2S Gas - In the oil and gas industry, dangers of poisonous gas – including Hydrogen Sulfide (H2s) an extremely lethal gas that is often produced by the decaying of organic matter – are best mediated by comprehensive employee education and monitoring equipment.
  • Combustion Byproducts – Combustion is common in industrial environments and creates a variety of potentially hazardous byproducts ranging from harmless water vapor and N02 to dangerous compounds such as carbon monoxide.
  • Welding Fumes – While airborne hazards associated with welding are often localized, welding does result in a variety of dangerous byproducts, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that may prove deadly in most confined space settings.

Shutdown Planning: Reporting and Monitoring

When planning for a shutdown, Innovative Ventilation Systems will handle all OSHA required legally mandated gas monitoring and reporting requirements to ensure that you and your team can prioritize getting back to work. IVS can provide initial permits, site inspections, force reports, field-level risk assessments, and more. In short, we focus on our area of expertise so that you’re safe to concentrate on yours.

At IVS, we’re leaders in providing safe confined space and gas monitoring services to our clients and pride ourselves on creating healthier, more productive work environments. To learn more about gas monitoring, contact Innovative Ventilation Systems today.