Gas detection insights can transform compliance

Thermo Fisher Scientific provides the optimal gas detection system for your company

Compliance and safety managers are well-aware of the dangers posed by a person’s exposure to harmful gases. These silent hazards are often colourless and odourless, making them difficult to detect. Confined spaces in mining, oil and gas drilling sites amplify the danger and make safety monitoring even more challenging. Without adequate gas detection tools, safety and compliance managers cannot mitigate the risk and ensure 100% compliance with local regulations. To ensure the safety of your employees in the trenches and to meet compliance, you first need to know what dangers you need to protect them from.

However, safety managers may already be stretched thin. Managing the safety of hundreds of workers across large and complex sites can be a daunting task. On a typical day at work, safety managers may write incident reports, oversee safety programs across plants, check safety equipment and maintain a record of device maintenance and servicing. When it comes to gas detection, they need solutions that can easily fit into their existing workflows and require minimal oversight to work effectively.

Working with leaders in this space, Thermo Fisher Scientific strives to streamline the detection of gas hazards. They maintain compliance by ensuring safety and compliance managers have the right technology, even for the most challenging work environments.

The latest generation of advanced gas detectors streamlines routine tasks such as reporting whilst also providing real-time awareness of the work environment and even the real-time position of employees across work sites. Being data-enabled, these devices can feed data into a centralised system, giving safety managers a historical view of hazards across the site, enabling them to identify patterns and mitigate the risk.

Managing gas detection takes foresight and planning

Selecting gas detectors is one thing but managing a diverse range of detectors across multiple sites is another. Manually tracking each is not easy, given the sprawl and challenges of mining, oil and gas drilling sites. Managing, testing, and calibration can be intensive, especially across multiple devices and locations. It is advisable to partner with a gas detector supplier to support you in these areas and select the most appropriate device for your needs.

Maintenance is also a crucial aspect of your safety program on an ongoing basis. As a rule of thumb, avail regular servicing from the manufacturer or supplier. Their technicians are well-trained and qualified to help you with various maintenance services such as calibration, maintenance, warranty, and on-site service/repair. This way, you minimise downtime and ensure peak performance from your gas detector network.

Analysis and insights can empower safety managers

Compliance managers often manage hundreds of devices across their sites. The new generation of data-enabled devices can automate their management. It can also unlock high-value insights that can inform their compliance planning. Safety and compliance managers can achieve this by implementing a network of single and multi-gas detectors with BLE (Bluetooth low energy) or cellular connectivity. Such devices provide real-time compliance visibility and real-time reporting of the status and safety of your employees working in a hazardous environment. They may enable a faster and more decisive response to incidents.

Data from these intelligent and connected gas detectors can ensure workers are using correctly calibrated and compliant sensors and automate compliance tasks such as regulatory records management and regulatory reporting. With data-enabled detectors on site, safety managers can instantly get a centralised view of:

  • Detectors that need maintenance;
  • Detectors that need to be retired;
  • Maintenance and testing history of detectors;
  • Approaching “End of life” of sensors;
  • Serial number of sensors;
  • Incident and exposure data, including patterns of exposure;
  • Confirmation that the device has not been compromised;
  • GPS Position of workers;
  • Status of workers – SOS alert, fall detected, missed check-in; and
  • Usage and user behaviour for training purposes.

Gas detection technology is advancing, but people and policies must support it

The advent of connected gas detectors is the beginning of a new era in safety management; however, the change needs to be holistic to ensure compliance. Safety protocols need to be more rounded to ensure best practices are followed. To ensure compliance, some of the other parameters to keep in mind are:

  • Equipping every worker with an appropriate gas detector
  • Managing the inventory of detectors;
  • Timely decommissioning of devices for maintenance; and
  • Training staff on standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure they follow best practices.

Thermo Fisher Scientific advocates for a proactive approach to gas detection safety programmes. Our range of efficient and connected gas detectors minimises distractions for safety and compliance managers by keeping them informed only when needed to invest their time and effort toward higher safety priorities and high-value tasks. Get in touch with a Thermo Fisher Scientific gas detection expert for an obligation-free consultation on which gas detectors are right for your needs.

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