Gas monitor calibration is a must if youremployees are working in a confined space or around dangerous gasses andchemicals. The gas monitor is designed to alert you and your colleagues if gas readings reach unsafe levels, which could endanger you and the lives of your employees. Butthese monitors are prone to errors. You need to calibrate your gas monitor on aregular basis to make sure it’s working properly. Learn more about gas monitorcalibration and why it’s important for your facility.
The Dangers of Using Un-Calibrated orDamaged Equipment
Gas monitors ensure your work environmentis safe and free of potentially harmful gases. Working with an uncalibrated ordefective monitor means your employees could be exposed to potentiallyhazardous gases that can lead to a variety of physical ailments and symptoms.
These devices may not be as accurate asyou might think unless you calibrate them on a regular basis. Excess dirt,dust, and moisture can damage your gas monitor, making it less than reliable.Dropping or damaging your gas monitor can also lead to inaccurate readings.Airborne lead, silicone-based compounds, changing temperatures, and too muchgas exposure can also render these devices useless. Lastly, all monitors willstart to drift over time, changing the outcome of thereadings.
To prevent these kinds of issues, you needto calibrate your monitor to make sure it’s accurate and working properly. Ifyour monitor appears damaged in any way, you’ll need to have it repaired orreplaced by a safety equipment professional.
When to Calibrate and Repair YourEquipment
At PK Safety, we often hear the question,“How often should I calibrate my gas monitor?” The Occupational Health andSafety Administration says you should calibrate your monitor before each andevery use. Calibrating only takes around 5 minutes and costs around $6.60 worthof gas. But if your facility has hundreds of monitors, calibrating before everyuse may not be realistic. That’s why OHSA gives employers some leeway when itcomes to gas monitor calibration. Workplace safety professionals generallyagree that you should calibrate according to the manufacturer’srecommendations.
Look over the user guidelines or manualfor your gas monitor and see how often the manufacturer suggests recalibrating.If you notice inaccurate readings right after you calibrate your gas monitor,the device may be defective. If you drop or damage your monitor or you’ve beenusing the same one for several years, you might need to have it repaired orreplaced.
When in Doubt, Hire a Professional
You can’t afford to take chances when itcomes to the health and safety of your employees. That’s why you should beproactive with your gas monitor. If you’re worried that your readings areinaccurate, you can always have your monitor calibrated or inspected by aprofessional.
As your workplace safety experts, we haveour own in-house calibration and repair services here at PK Safety. One of ourrepair professionals will quickly inspect your equipment andmake sure it’s working properly. We can calibrate every monitor in yourfacility, test the readings, and repair or replace any damaged monitors.
Gas monitors aren’t meant to last forever.All kinds of factors may affect the accuracy of your monitor. Keep youremployees safe and callthe professionals at PK Safety for gasmonitor calibration and repair services.