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Using Area Monitors to Improve Efficiency and Safety of Confined Space Operations
Using Area Monitors to Improve Efficiency and Safety of Confined Space Operations
Industrial Scientific | Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | Confined Space, Gas Detection Equipment

You’ve probably heard confined space horror stories a million times. The person inside of a confined space performing routine maintenance becomes unresponsive. The “hole watch” responsible for monitoring the work goes into the confined space to ch...

Confined Spaces. . .We Have a Failure to Communicate
Confined Spaces. . .We Have a Failure to Communicate
Kyle Kruger | Monday, November 5, 2018 | Confined Space, Gas Detection Education

A quote from the 1967 film “Cool Hand Luke” perfectly sums up the problems that we all face with confined spaces: “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach.” Approximately 60% of all deaths in confined spaces ar...

Wireless Gas Detectors for Confined Space Entries
Wireless Gas Detectors for Confined Space Entries
Dave Wagner | Thursday, February 8, 2018 | Confined Space

Wireless gas detectors can help you perform safer confined space entries - The year 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the implementation of permit required confined space entry regulations in the United States. Since then, the thousands of entrie...

When it Comes to Workplace Safety, Who’s Got Your Back?
When it Comes to Workplace Safety, Who’s Got Your Back?
Jason Fry | Thursday, July 20, 2017 | Confined Space, Gas Detection Education

With the technology available today, you’ve probably thought, who is watching me? Let’s get real for a moment. Someone is monitoring some aspect of someone’s life, somewhere. The question is, for what purpose? Now that I have your attention, let’s...

The Unseen Hazards of Wastewater Treatment Plants
The Unseen Hazards of Wastewater Treatment Plants
Dave Wagner | Friday, May 26, 2017 | Confined Space, Gas Detection Education

You see them and drive past them all the time. Every community has one. Chances are that a close neighbor, one of your best friends, or even a member of your family may work in one. When low-pressure sets in, and the wind blows in the right direct...

Area Monitors for Confined Space Entries – Part II
Area Monitors for Confined Space Entries – Part II
Industrial Scientific | Friday, March 24, 2017 | Confined Space

If you’ve ever worked around a confined space, you’ve probably seen or heard about an incident involving missed alarms. Perhaps the attendant set the gas monitor on the ground and stepped away to sign paperwork or respond to a radio call. Because ...

Does the type of sample tubing I use make a difference?
Does the type of sample tubing I use make a difference?
Dave Wagner | Friday, August 24, 2012 | Confined Space, Gas Detection Education, Gas Detection Equipment

Customer Mike recently sent me an email stating that he had been told by someone that the type of sample tubing that he used could affect the readings that he gets on his gas monitor. He wanted to know if this was true. Well  Mike, and everyone el...

Should I use a pump with my portable gas monitor?
Should I use a pump with my portable gas monitor?
Dave Wagner | Wednesday, April 4, 2012 | Confined Space, Gas Detection Education, Gas Detection Equipment

Portable gas monitoring instruments are typically operated in a passive (diffusion) mode or in an aspirated (pumped) mode. How do I know which one I should use and whether or not one mode is better than the other? This is a common question that re...

What is the “measuring range” of my gas monitor?
What is the “measuring range” of my gas monitor?
Dave Wagner | Wednesday, October 12, 2011 | Confined Space, Gas Detection Equipment

This question can actually be interpreted in two ways and the obvious one is not usually the interpretation that the user is looking for. In most cases, 0 – 1000 PPM is not the right answer. The measuring range, or range of concentrations detected...

SO2 sensor and Acetylene
SO2 sensor and Acetylene
Dave Wagner | Wednesday, August 3, 2011 | Confined Space, Gas Detection Equipment, Sensor Technology

Question: Hey Dave, I just heard about a strange confined space monitoring incident where an Itx equipped with an SO2 sensor was alarming for no apparent reason. As it turns out, the sensor was actually picking up acetylene gas from a leak in a cu...