When performing a crack testing inspection or maintenance in spray dryers or other process vessels, workers are required to make confined space entries. These confined spaces can often be hazardous due to the presence of gases such as methane, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen sulphide.
Gas detection technology plays a huge role in ensuring that workers remain safe from such dangerous gases. On various occasions, this technology has helped Bioscan promptly detect potential gas hazards and take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of their technicians. This ensures delivery of effective and safe inspection services.
The hazards associated with confined spaces
Let’s examine some of the serious hazards that can pose a significant risk to worker safety:
- Fire risks: Fire risks include inflammable gases or liquids present in the confined space and are considered one of the most dangerous hazards.
- Noxious fumes: Build up of noxious fumes in confined spaces can lead to respiratory problems for the people entering the space and can even cause death.
- Reduced levels of oxygen: The confined space oxygen levels are also a great concern. Low levels of oxygen can cause dizziness, confusion, and may ultimately lead to loss of consciousness.
What are gas detection devices?
Gas detection devices are indispensable tools used to detect and monitor the presence of potentially dangerous gases in the environment. There are different types of gas detection devices, including fixed and portable devices, and both use different technologies to detect gases.
How do gas detection devices work?
Gas detection devices measure the concentration of gases in the air and trigger an alarm if the levels exceed thresholds.
Gas detection devices are essential for ensuring worker safety in industries where workers may need to enter confined spaces. By detecting the presence of hazardous gases, gas detection devices help prevent accidents and protect worker health.
The importance of gas detection testing
It is essential to perform periodic tests of the gas detection devices as well. This can ensure that gas detection devices are working properly and accurately detecting hazardous gases in the environment.
It also helps to identify any potential issues with the devices, such as faulty sensors or calibration drift. By conducting regular testing, workers can be confident that their gas detection devices are functioning correctly and providing accurate readings.
How does Bioscan use gas detection?
Bioscan technicians perform confined space entries for tank inspection on a weekly basis, making safety a top priority. Despite the frequency of these entries, Bioscan maintains strict safety standards.
Gas detection technology is a crucial component of Bioscan’s safety protocols, as it alerts technicians to the presence of hazardous gases before and during work. By maintaining high safety standards and utilising gas detection technology, Bioscan can effectively mitigate risks and maintain a safe working environment for their technicians.
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To summarise, by detecting potential gas hazards, Bioscan can take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of their workers. It is essential for workers to use gas detection devices and conduct regular testing to ensure accurate readings and proper functioning of the devices.