The Monitor Blog

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CARBON MONOXIDE AND CARBON DIOXIDE?

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.


FIVE-GAS MONITORING: ADVANCED DETECTION FOR HAZARDOUS INDUSTRIES

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.


COULD YOUR EMS OR FIRE RESPONSE TEAM MISS DANGEROUS LEVELS OF CARBON MONOXIDE?

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


WHY DO I SEE NEGATIVE READINGS ON MY GAS MONITOR?

By Dave Wagner | Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | Sensor Technology

In-plant Wi-fi

This is a question customers ask all the time. Why do you sometimes see negative readings on your gas monitor? All electrochemical or catalytic bead gas sensors can be prone to both positive and negative drift due to environmental factors like changes in temperature and humidity. However, these are not the most common causes of negative sensor readings...Read More


USE IN-PLANT WI-FI TO SIMPLIFY LIVE MONITORING AND IMPROVE EMERGENCY RESPONSE

By Tae-Yeon Won  |  Monday, September 9, 2019   |  Gas Detection Equipment

In-plant Wi-fi

Serving as a safety manager for plant operations is a huge role, especially when you consider that it almost always includes influencing workers and their behaviors in addition to keeping the plant running smoothly. Add the critical responsibility of protecting workers while also improving productivity and controlling costs, and it can often feel like an uphill battle......Read More


WHEN ALARM FATIGUE SETS IN, TAKE THESE THREE STEPS

By Kyle Krueger  |  Thurs September 5, 2019   |  Gas Detection Equipment, Safety Culture

Alarm Fatigue

With the broader adoption of multi-gas instruments comes more alarms. Sometimes lots of them. And sometimes, users wish to have different alarm tones so they can differentiate “the ones that matter.” While this request comes with good intentions, it signals something dangerous: alarm fatigue......Read More


RENTING A CONNECTED SAFETY SOLUTION: A SIMPLE WAY TO OFFER TOP-NOTCH PROTECTION

By Industrial Scientific  |  Thurs August 29, 2019   |  Gas Detection Equipment

Rental Equipment

With shutdowns and turnarounds right around the corner, it’s a good time to think about the gas detection equipment you need for a successful project, how that equipment can protect workers, and how it will ease project pain points. Because shutdowns and turnarounds usually last a few weeks or months, renting equipment is often the most economical choice.....Read More


THE DANGERS OF HCN EXPOSURE DURING FIRE OVERHAUL

By Industrial Scientific  |  Wed August 14, 2019   |   Gas Detection Education, Safety Culture

HCN Exposure

When firefighters attack a structure fire, the hazards to life and health are obvious. The flames, the roiling smoke, and the extreme heat are clear reminders that carelessness can lead to tragic consequences. Once the fire is extinguished, however, the operation transitions to the more routine phase of salvage and overhaul. At this point, first responders can be lulled into a false sense of security....Read More


SIMPLE MAINTENANCE – THE MOST IMPORTANT FEATURE FOR FIRE DEPARTMENT GAS DETECTORS

By Industrial Scientific  |  Wed July 31, 2019   |   Gas Detection Education, Gas Detection Equipment

Simple Maintenance

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


FOUR MISUNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT GAS DETECTION THAT COULD COST YOU

By Industrial Scientific  |  Wed July 24, 2019   |   Gas Detection Education, Safety Culture

What's Next?

Every person who depends on a gas monitor deserves to have reliable equipment. But beyond that, everyone also needs a quality gas detection education. To understand and react appropriately to gas readings, users need to know the basics of how gas detectors work. Unfortunately, many people who wear monitors on a regular basis lack this baseline gas detection education....Read More


ARE YOU PREPARED FOR “WHAT'S NEXT”?

By Kyle Krueger  |  Wed June 19, 2019   |   Safety Culture

What's Next?

To borrow a phrase from The Wizard of Oz, we in the safety industry are “not in Kansas anymore.” Those old familiar spreadsheets, processes, and equipment that got us to where we are today aren’t going to get us where we’re going. We’re stepping into the Land of Oz where big data, IoT, and connected safety form the yellow brick road we’ll follow...Read More


“CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?” THE COMPLEXITY OF CONNECTED SAFETY PROGRAMS

By Kyle Krueger  |  Mon June 10, 2019   |   Safety Culture

Can you hear me now?

These are exciting times for gas detection devices. What were once considered “electronic canaries” are now becoming bona fide connected industrial safety devices. We have made the transition from beep and flash to new connected safety solutions...Read More


How your Team Can Make Smarter, Faster, Safer Decisions

By Industrial Scientific  |  Thurs May 30, 2019   |   Gas Detection Equipment, Safety Culture

If you’ve ever checked a weather or traffic report before leaving your house, then you know that real-time information about what’s happening around you can help you make smarter decisions. If icy roads cause a five-car pileup on the highway, you know you’ll need to watch for ice and maybe find a new route...Read More


Using Area Monitors to Improve Efficiency and Safety of Confined Space Operations

By Industrial Scientific  |  March 6, 2019   |   Confined Spaces, 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 check on his partner and is overcome by the same deadly gas....Read More.