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Knowing the Difference Between Gas Detectors and Gas Monitors

Posted by PK Safety Team on Dec 04th 2018

Commercial spaces canhave a number of confined spaces as well as toxic or combustible atmospheresthat make the environment dangerous for workers. Avoiding accidents, especiallyin manufacturing, comes down to having a reliable system for monitoring and detectinggases. Most gases are clear, odorless, and undetectable to human senses, so theright tools are necessary to identify problems before they become dangerous.There’s a lot of gas detection and monitoring products out there, so here arethe important distinctions to keep in mind before you make a purchase right foryour workers.

Gas Detectors

A gas detector will alert a buildingthat there’s a gas present. Gas detectors are usually part of a larger alarmsystem in a building that lets everyone inside know when it’s dangerous andthey need to leave. They can come in different sizes and types and can be usedto detect toxic, flammable, or combustible gases as well as oxygen depletion.For a gas detection unit that works with your Building Automation System tokeep your workers safe, try the Honeywell E3Point Network Single Gas Monitor programmedto your choice of toxic and combustible gases.

Gas Monitors

Unlike gas detectors, which are tiedinto a building’s system, gas monitors are portable, wireless, and hands-free.They’re usually easy to use and light, which makes them ideal for personal usein areas that may have pockets of gas, such as confined spaces. They also tendto be durable and can withstand the impacts, dust, and dampness that come withthe tough working conditions in confined spaces. There gas detection tools thatmonitor a single type of gas and others that can detect a range of gases, suchas the Honeywell BW Ultra Five-Gas Portable Gas Detector,which can be programmed to detect four gases plus a fifth gas of your choice.What Do I Need to Do My Job?

Differences in gas monitors can come down to how they sample theair and what you need them to do. Diffusion-style monitors have sensorsdesigned to be brought in physical contact with the gases they’re designed tomonitor, and pump monitors are designed to pull gases from a remote location totest: PK Safety carries both styles. Some monitors can convert from pump todiffusion if remote sensing isn’t necessary, which also extends the unit’sbattery life and cuts down on noise. Gear like the BW Honeywell GasAlert Quattro Deluxe Confined Space Kit can help youmake such a conversion possible on top of giving you the tools you need toextend the life of your gas monitors and keep them properly maintained andcalibrated.

PK Safety has been in business for 70 years and is proud to remaina leader in safety product expertise and customer service. If you havequestions about what would work best for your work site, any of the monitors oraccessories we carry, or want to talk about custom calibrations or settings foryour new single gas detectors, get in touch at 8003829.9580 or ask us online.

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