In industrial sites, several risk factors must be accounted for to keep construction workers in these sites safe. Construction sites such as ships, confined space entries, waste, and water management all come with their own set of risks as work environments.
One of these is high concentrations of toxic gases. They pose risks not just to the respiratory health of workers but are also highly flammable in confined spaces.
Thus the concentration of toxic gases must be checked before work begins on a sanitation site, steelworks, public works, or confined spaces using an area gas monitor.
What is it?
An area gas monitoris a portable gas detection unit used to detect the presence or absence of:
- Low oxygen atmosphere
- Toxic gases
- Vapor presence
- Explosive/combustible gases
As the name implies, these monitors can detect up to 4 gases, particulates, or vapor simultaneously. They are used primarily to detect the following gases:
- H2S – Hydrogen Sulfide
- CO – Carbon Monoxide
- O2 – Oxygen deficiency
They are a favorite of the marine industry due to the frequency of build-up of the above-mentioned gases on ships.
Their use is not confined to construction sites or ships, they also have applications in various tertiary sectors for gas detection.
These devices come as handheld and transportable types. Handheld ones may be easier to use, but transportable ones have longer runtimes and are more robust in certain models.
Once the device detects a high concentration of dangerous gas, it sounds an alarm that alerts all nearby personnel to the danger.
These detectors are an essential part of the construction business, and play a major role in protecting the lives of workers. They are made to be used in harsh environments and conditions, so they can be safely employed just about anywhere. Several high-functioning models are available in the market for purchase.