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Wireless gas monitoring uncovering hidden dangers for workers in confined space

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Wireless gas monitoring uncovering hidden dangers for workers in confined space

An alarming revelation by BOC Industrial Gases Australia indicates the leading cause of fatalities in confined spaces is a result of asphyxiation.(http://www.boc-gas.com.au/en/sheq/welding-cutting-hazards/confined-spaces/confined-space.html ) As contractors working in a confined space are often in situations where their airflow is restricted, the effects of exposure to toxic gases can often be rapid and cause permanent damage to health or if undetected over a prolonged period of time, even death. Wireless gas monitoring systems have now been introduced in response to these hidden dangers.

How do wireless gas monitoring systems work?

Wireless gas monitoring systems have been designed to take atmospheric readings and transmit the findings to multiple communication platforms. This innovative technology requires those working in confined space conditions to wear a wireless monitor which tests the surrounding atmosphere at regular intervals, alerting the contractor entering or working in the confined space of unsafe conditions, as well as supervisors or plant or safety managers located offsite. (http://www.ehstoday.com/safety/more-eyes-invisible-danger-confined-spaces)

What method of communication is used to transmit atmospheric readings?

A unique feature incorporated in the design of wireless gas monitoring systems is the ability to transmit atmospheric readings either by WiFi or a dedicated mesh radio network. This is crucial for those working in confined space conditions as often WiFi is unavailable, so the wireless gas monitoring system automatically switches to the dedicated radio network, providing a higher degree of safety.

Are wireless gas monitoring systems compatible to mobile devices?

The atmospheric readings taken by wireless gas monitoring systems can be analysed on laptops and smart phones, as well as sent via automatic emails or SMS, enabling a faster response in critical situations.

Find out more about the latest advancements in working in confined space conditions or receive training to equip you with the skills to safely navigate these by contacting Elevated Training today.

 

 

 

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