When it comes to monitoring and detecting hazardous gases like carbon monoxide, chlorine, nitrogen dioxide, and phosgene (for example), there are two kinds of monitors: portable gas monitors and fixed system gas monitors. The user will wear a portable gas monitor on their lapel, or near what’s known as the breathing zone when working in potentially hazardous environments. Another choice would be a 'Fixed Point' gas detector. As the name implies, the sensor is typically mounted in place, and detects your target gas within a defined space.
If you’re wondering whether you should invest in a fixed system gas detection monitor, learn more about the benefits of fixed system monitors and how to install them properly.
Why Choose a Fixed System Gas Detection Monitor?
A fixed system gas monitor is intended to keep tabs on one or more gases over time, and not depending on a worker to maintain a presence in the space. As an employer or manager, fixed systems help you monitor your worksite from a distance. It may be that a dangerous gas is present, and alerting workers prior to occupying the space in advance can avoid an accident. If you are managing multiple employees at the same time, you can ensure they are safe at all times without having to check in with each person individually.
Fixed system monitors are the ideal choice when it comes to monitoring confined spaces and known hazardous environments. These spaces require continuous monitoring, so you can always keep track of current gas and possible exposure levels. It’s best to automate your system when monitoring environments that are known to be hazardous to mitigate any possible danger.
Many different industries and businesses depend on fixed system gas monitors, including:
- Marijuana growers
- Computer server farms lead-acid batteries for power backup
- Cryogenic therapy labs with nitrogen displacing air
- Breweries and wineries concerned with CO2 and lack of oxygen
- Chicken coops/hog farms concerned with ammonia and methane
- Parking garages dealing with carbon monoxide
- Refineries on the lookout for flammable or explosive gases
Evaluate your operations and see if a fixed system is the right choice for your business. You can improve efficiency and workplace safety, giving you and your team more peace of mind on the job.
Samples of Fixed System Gas Monitors
You’ll find a range of fixed system gas monitors at PK Safety. Installing your monitor all depends on how you intend to use it. All monitor controllers should be installed in a centralized, easily accessible area, so your team can quickly respond to the alarm. This also allows you to easily reset the device when necessary. Fixed system monitors run continuously, so they must be hooked up to a power source at all times. Detector heads should be placed near potentially hazardous areas and those where you suspect a leak.
There are generally two classes of fixed system monitors, including commercial and industrial. Commercial fixed system monitors, such as the Honeywell E3Point Wall Mounted Analog Single Gas Monitor E3SA, are typically mounted to the wall with a built-in audible alarm, allowing you and your team to quickly respond to a possible exposure incident. They also work as standalone units. The RKI Indoor CO Diffusion Gas Monitor 24 VDC EC-600, is another great choice for keeping an eye on indoor spaces.
Industrial fixed systems are designed to monitor a range of detector heads simultaneously. The RKI Beacon 800 Eight Channel Fixed System Gas Detection Controller allows you to control up to eight points of gas detection, helping you monitor your entire work zone from one location.
For more information about finding and installing fixed system gas detection monitors, contact the professionals at PK Safety.