Gas Detection Equipment Protects Businesses
Gas detection equipment is used every day across a wide variety of industries to protect workers, facilities and business assets from the dangers presented by gas. But there is more to gas detection equipment than protection from the immediate dangers and there are many aspects of this technology that today’s Health and Safety Manager can use to ensure that they are controlling risk to the maximum effect.
Data Downloads for Risk Assessing
Part of managing the health and safety of your business is to assess and control the risks that are present. What might cause harm to people and the steps you take to prevent that harm will form your business’s risk assessment. For many businesses the risks are obvious, but when it comes to gas, there are often ‘unknowns’ that will only present themselves over time that could cause accidents or ill health to workers.
Gas detection equipment today can keep a 24-hour watch on your business, highlighting potential hazards that could lead to injury or ill health if workers are exposed to them on a constant basis. But this information is only any good if the data your equipment is capturing is downloaded. GPS tracking systems in gas detection equipment can tell you exactly what gases your workers are exposed to on a minute by minute basis and where these hazards or exposures are occurring. The data that this equipment captures can be used to understand more about what dangers are present and where in your business they occur, then, used to ensure that your risk assessment is up to date and reflects a true picture of the risks you need to control.
Data Downloads to monitor Occupational Exposure
Accidents and the safety of workers have been high on the agenda for the HSE and health and safety managers for years. Britain has one of the best safety records globally, but occupational exposure has been sadly overlooked and today has resulted in 1.4million cases of ill health in workers costing £15billion pounds a year and resulting in the death of 12,000 workers from lung disease due to exposure at work. These statistics speak for themselves when it comes to occupational health and safety and there is much to be done, but there is much that can be done to prevent workers from being needlessly exposed to hazardous substances in your business. When it comes to hazardous gases and substances that emit harmful vapours, selecting gas detection equipment with the correct sensor configuration can play a vital part in monitoring the occupational exposure of hazardous gases and substances.
The data that this equipment captures can build a picture of the levels of exposure and can be used to ensure that no worker is exceeding OELs and WELs. Not only will this data ensure that you are fulfilling your health and safety obligations, but it can also be used to confirm that you have fulfilled these commitments should a worker become ill.
Testing and calibration of equipment
A big issue throughout industry is the regular testing and calibration of gas detection equipment. The sensors in your equipment are exposed to many elements on a day to day basis that can reduce their ability to accurately detect gas which could lead to false readings or alarms not sounding when they should be. A daily bump test of your gas detector can tell you whether it is accurately detecting gas and should form an essential part of any risk assessment processes put in place to ensure worker health and safety. Can we rely on our workers to perform this test before they use their equipment? We would like to think so, but all too often corners are cut and experience tells us that this 30-second test is one of those corners. A simple and effective solution is to install banks of docking stations that not only charge equipment but will also perform a quick and simple test at the push of a button. For sites where multiple portable detection equipment is used, this is a quick and efficient process that can easily be controlled by health and safety managers. Ultimately as an employer, this test being performed is your responsibility. Putting equipment and procedures in place that can carry out this aspect of your risk assessing process will help to ensure that accidents and occupational exposure in your workplace are tightly covered.
GfG has a range of download and docking stations that work with our portable gas detection equipment to enable you to access data at the push of a button, charge your portable equipment and test it daily so you know that you have dotted the I’s and crossed the t’s when it comes to the health and safety of your workers and your business.