The responsibility of first-responders at a hazardous materials incident is to protect life and property and to minimize environmental impact. In many cases, when emergency responders arrive at a scene, they are unaware of whether they are entering an area with harmful or deadly chemicals. Personal gas detectors identify and quantify the presence of toxic and combustible gases, allowing emergency teams to quickly take measures to protect themselves and others. By continuously monitoring the scene, responders also remain aware of changing or deteriorating atmospheric conditions.
Gas monitoring equipment considerations include:
If responders are unaware of the threat, gas detectors can be used to identify and quantify leaks, fugitive emissions, and to establish a perimeter.
Responders should wear personal gas monitors in addition to establishing a hazard perimeter or fence line using area gas monitors. Responders can establish a hazard perimeter with the Radius BZ1 Area Monitor to notify responders that hazards may be migrating to areas outside of the immediate incident zone.
Wireless gas detectors provide a remote line of site and the ability to respond quickly in the case of changing or deteriorating work conditions. The LENS Wireless feature of the Ventis Pro allows first responders to be aware of conditions impacting other team members. Coupling the Radius BZ1 Area Monitor to an RGX Gateway on the scene allows command center personnel to see gas conditions within and around the incident zone in real-time from miles away.
Proper Maintenance and Long Life
Before responding to a hazmat incident, ensure that gas detectors are fully charged, properly calibrated, and bump tested.
Ease of Operation
In a hazmat situation, user-friendly equipment simplifies operation and timely emergency response. Responders can set up Radius BZ1 Area Monitors, Ventis Pro Series gas detectors, and the RGX Gateway in just minutes, enabling them to quickly secure the incident zone.
Any equipment used in a hazardous chemical and possibly explosive environment must be intrinsically safe.
The primary responsibility of every first responder is to promote safety for him or herself and others. Reliable gas detectors used in an emergency incident help facilitate initial assessment and decision making throughout the situation.