The Monitor Blog

The True Cost of Personal Multi-Gas Monitors

By Ryan Cantwell | Monday, March 30, 2020 |  Gas Detection Equipment

The True Cost of Personal Multi-Gas Monitors

Personal multi-gas monitors are among the most commonly used gas detectors today, and for good reason. Four-gas and five-gas monitors allow you to monitor the three primary ...Read More.

A Safety Manager's Guide to Peer-to-Peer Wireless Connectivity

By Ryan Cantwell | Monday, March 16, 2020 |  Gas Detection Education,Gas Detection Equipment

A Safety Managers Guide to Peer-to-Peer Connectivity

Every day, in facilities across the world, workers take on jobs without having all the information they need to get them done safely. More often than employers would like to admit...Read More.

How to Clean a Gas Detector

By Industrial Scientific | Friday, March 13, 2020 |  Gas Detection Equipment

How to clean a gas detector

Gas detectors are lifesaving instruments that must be worn in your breathing zone to be effective. OSHA defines the breathing zone as “a hemisphere forward of the shoulders...Read More.

Managing the Risk of Gas Hazards in Confined Spaces

By Dave Wagner | Friday, March 6, 2020 |  Gas Detection Education, Confined Spaces

Managing the Risk of Gas Hazards in Confined Spaces

While it's often necessary for workers to enter confined spaces, the nature of these spaces presents special challenges and dangers that workers must be prepared to confront...Read More.

What's All this "Pentane Equivalent" Gas Stuff About Anyhow?

By Dave Wagner | Monday, March 2, 2020 |  Gas Detection Education, Sensor Technology

What's All this Pentane Equivalent Gas Stuff About Anyhow?

Recently I have fielded more questions and had more inquiries about obtaining and using “pentane equivalent” calibration gas than ever before. So what is all this “pentane equivalent” gas stuff about anyhow?...Read More.

Simple Maintenance - The Most Important Feature for Fire Department Gas Detectors

By Industrial Scientific | Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 |  Gas Detection Education, Gas Detection Equipment

Simple Maintenance - The Most Important Feature for Fire Department Gas Detectors

As information on the hidden dangers of fire smoke proliferates, a growing number of firefighters are realizing that gas monitors are a vital part of their turnout gear. Atmospheric testing at fire scenes has shown toxic fumes at every stage of the fire, and without a portable gas detector, there is no sure way to determine whether the air in the cold zone is actually safe to breathe...Read More.

Gas Hazards in the Cannabis Industry

By Industrial Scientific | Monday, Feb 24, 2020 |  Gas Detection Education, Safety Culture

Gas Hazards in the Cannabis Industry

Despite marijuana’s status as an illicit substance at the federal level, over half of U.S. states have made it legal for medicinal and/or recreational use. The legal cannabis industry has seen incredible growth in recent years, and this trend is likely to continue as more states jump on the bandwagon...Read More.

Monitoring Gas Leaks and Pinpointing The Source

By Dave Wagner | Friday, Feb 14, 2020 |  Gas Detection Equipment

Monitoring Gas Leaks and Pinpointing The Source

Have you ever had a faucet leaking in your home and simply did not have time to fix it? You may have wrapped a rag around the base or handles to absorb the water, or maybe you tolerated the dripping and increased water bill because the leak wasn’t “that bad.” You just didn’t have the time, knowledge, or tools to eliminate the leak...Read More.

3 Ways to Simplify Gas Detector Maintenance

By Michelle Hammons | Monday, Feb 10, 2020 |  Gas Detection Education, Safety Culture

3 Ways to Simplify Gas Detector Maintenance

Your workers are depending on you to make sure the gas detectors they rely on each day are working properly and will alert them to potential hazards. Because of this, your job is incredibly important—but it can also be challenging, and often overlooked until there’s a serious problem...Read More.

The Importance of CO2 Monitoring in the Food and Beverage Industry

By Dante Moore | Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020 |  Gas Detection Education

Safety in Wastewater Plants

Almost every industry has to deal with gas hazards of one kind or another, and the food and beverage industry is no exception. However, throughout the industry, there is a general lack of awareness when it comes to carbon dioxide (CO2) and the issues it can pose for not just workers, but also customers...Read More.

Safety in Wastewater Plants: Why You Need Portable Gas Detectors

By Dave Wagner | Wednesday, January 29, 2020 |  Gas Detection Equipment

Safety in Wastewater Plants

For most of us, wastewater treatment plants are nothing more than a mild inconvenience in the form of a foul smell. However, for those who work at these plants, gases are very potent hazards that could threaten safety at any moment...Read More.

Static Plume Models vs. Dynamic Plume Models: Which is Right for You?

By Eric Fishman | Wednesday, January 22, 2020 |  Gas Detection Education

Static Plume Models vs. Dynamic Plume Models: Which are Right for You?

Despite the significant strides the industry has taken over the last few decades, the danger of working with chemicals means emergencies will happen, regardless of our best planning and safety efforts...Read More.

Using Plume Models to Improve Chemical Emergency Response

By Mike Platek | Wednesday, January 15, 2020 |  Gas Detection Education

Using Plume Models to Improve Chemical Emergency Response

A plant-wide power outage at Pasadena Refining Systems in Texas one hot July day forced the plant to flare off some product, including sulfur dioxide (SO2). As the toxic black smoke drifted into the nearby community, safety officials partially shut down the Houston Ship Channel and issued a precautionary shelter-in-place alert for area residents....Read More.

Where Do You Wear your Gas Detector?

By Industrial Scientific | Tuesday, December 17, 2019 |  Gas Detection Education

where do you wear your gas detector?

Hard hat, collar, belt, shoe? If you ask workers where their gas detectors belong, you’ll likely get an array of answers, all with different reasons behind them. The confusion likely comes from the false notion of the “detection range.” A detection range is described as the distance from which a personal gas monitor can detect gas; for example, “my gas detector will pick up gases from 10 feet away”...Read More.

Does the Type of Sample Tubing I Use Make a Difference

By Dave Wagner | Wednesday, December 11, 2019 |  Gas Detection Education, Gas Detection Equipment

Make gas detection data work for you

A customer, Mike, sent me an email saying that someone told him that the type of sample tubing he used could alter the readings that he gets on his gas monitor. He wanted to know if this was true. Well Mike, and everyone else, this certainly is true. The type of sample tubing you use in conjunction with your gas monitor in remote sample applications and even during calibration can have a very pronounced effect on the gas readings that you obtain. Not all sample tubing is created equal. Certain types of tubing will react with certain gases and therefore negatively impact the accuracy of the monitor readings in different ways...Read More.


By Dave Wagner | Tuesday, December 3, 2019 |  Gas Detection Education, Gas Detection Equipment

Make gas detection data work for you

With colder weather on the horizon, you may have concerns about how well your portable gas detection equipment will function when winter puts its death grip on the thermometer. While some instruments are rated as low as -40 degrees, the low temperature rating for continuous operation of most portable gas monitors is -20 degrees Celsius. Even so, most instruments may be used at lower temperatures for short periods. Sensor response will certainly change as the temperatures get colder, but more sophisticated gas monitors typically use “temperature compensation” to keep gas readings within +/-15% of the actual concentrations...Read More.


By Ryan Cantwell | Wednesday, November 20, 2019 |  Gas Detection Education, Gas Detection Equipment

Make gas detection data work for you

If you’re like most people, you’re more connected than ever. Cell phones monitor your location to alert you to delays on your commute. Your activity tracker syncs every step and tells you how much to move to meet your daily goals. Your smart TV even learns your taste in movies to recommend something for the next movie night....Read More.


By Ryan Thompson | Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Sensor TechnologyGas Detection Education

sensor poisons and inhibitors

The sensors inside your personal gas detector are meant to be exposed to toxic, corrosive, and explosive gases, but that doesn’t mean they are infallible. Chemicals and vapors from everyday cleaners and lubricants and other specialized chemicals can all act as sensor poisons or inhibitors to different sensor types...Read More.


By Jason Wright | Thursday, October 31, 2019 | Gas Detection Equipment

Five-gas monitoring

When it comes to choosing gas detection equipment, getting the most “bang for your buck” without sacrificing worker safety is a key factor in the decision-making process. There are many choices in the market today. Should you rent gas detectors, choose CPO (Certified Pre-Owned) equipment, or select a disposable instrument? How do you decide what’s best for you? This post will explore portable gas detection equipment solutions that meet the needs of your application and situation while keeping cost considerations in mind...Read More.

How Much Space Does an Area Monitor Cover?

By Industrial Scientific | Tuesday, October 15, 2019 | Gas Detection Education

Five-gas monitoring

In the last two years, it’s become easier than ever for companies to incorporate area monitoring in their gas detection programs. New products allow you to place durable, easy-to-use sensing devices with advanced technology throughout your facilities at a lower price point. This gives you better awareness of the environments at your site, while also unlocking the ability to drive safety improvements...Read More.


By Industrial Scientific | Tuesday, October 8, 2019 | Gas Detection Education

Five-gas monitoring

What is the difference between carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide? If you confuse the two, you’re not alone. You’re probably aware that they are two different gases—but which one is the good one and which is the bad one? Is it even correct to classify them that way?...Read More.


By Jackie Cappucci | Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | Gas Detection Equipment

Five-gas monitoring

Gas hazards. Almost every industry has them. Are you monitoring the ones that could grind your operations to a halt? On any given day, your workers have the potential to encounter gas hazards that can endanger them and put your projects or business at risk. Unfortunately, you can’t see or smell many of these gas hazards – and if you can, it might be too late. That’s why you need gas detectors...Read More.


By Industrial Scientific | Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | Gas Detection Education

Dangerous Levels of Carbon Monoxide

An EMS team, dispatched from a major metropolitan fire department, rushes to a local hotel where they find a woman nauseated, weak, and unable to get out of bed. The evidence leads to a straightforward diagnosis: it’s flu season, it’s been a bad year for the bug, and the woman seems to have all the symptoms. Bingo. They load her onto a stretcher and transport her to the hospital...Read More