Imagine this: There’s an explosion in a mine and everyone must evacuate. Hundreds of staff and contractors must report to a muster area.
This would be absolute chaos except for one thing. You outfitted your team with connected gas monitors that use gas detection management and live monitoring software.
Your safety team can account for who has and has not arrived at the assembly point. You can also locate any staff on-site by their device’s coordinates. Modern gas monitors aren’t only detecting the presence of hazardous gases.
We hosted a webinar with Jason Fry a training specialist with Industrial Scientific, to showcase this cool technology.
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Jason covered a lot of valuable information in the webinar. We compiled our biggest takeaways below, but this webinar will teach you how to:
- use Ventis Pro5 multi-gas monitors
- use Radius BZ1 area monitors
- connect devices to make safe decisions, and
- get the most out of your gas detection data.
1. How your gas detection program should work:
Your gas detection program shouldn’t end with the gas monitors you choose. You should be looking for how they integrate wireless communication. Industrial Scientific offers a complete gas detection platform. It includes wireless personal gas monitors, area gas monitors, and cloud-based software.
Here’s how it works:
Every member of your team can assign a device to him or herself for the day. They can track who last used the device and their working conditions.
You can connect the devices to create peer groups. The devices share safety-related conditions and notifications to group members.
Teams create a network by tapping personal gas monitors together.
The network sends an instant alert to workers in a location if someone is in trouble or gas is detected.
A manager can watch many locations using iNet Now monitoring. iNetNow lets you see gas, panic and man-down alarms in the field in real-time. You can check in with workers or activate alarms from your desk.
2. Creating a peer network
We recently wrote about how IoT is improving workplace safety. Connected gas monitors have some pretty cool functionality to connect workers.
The first step is to create your peer network to make your coworkers visible online. It also means you can receive notifications and alerts.
There are three ways to create a peer network:
- Cellular connection
- Linked equipment network for safety (LENS).
In the webinar, Jason focused on LENS. LENS is a small self-enclosed network where devices talk to each other. The devices can share gas readings and alarm information.
LENS provides live monitoring and the network isn’t affected when a single device drops off.
3. How to use a connected gas detector monitor
If you only watch the webinar for one reason, make it this one. Jason walked us through how to use the Ventis Pro5 and Radius BZ1. He explained every step of the process– from start-up to alert mode.
- Detects up to five gases simultaneously using flexible sensor configurations
- IP68 rating backed by a Guaranteed for Life™ warranty
- Improve team and site safety by locally sharing alarms and gas readings between Ventis Pro5 gas monitors
- Increase situational awareness by receiving real-time location and alarm data directly from Ventis Pro5 gas monitors to iNet Now live monitoring software
- Track assets and people in real-time with iAssign® technology
- Transition seamlessly from personal monitoring to confined space entry and eliminate the need for extra equipment by using the Ventis® Slide-on Pump
- Available with or without an integral pump
- Detect up to seven gases simultaneously using 18 sensor options including PID
- Reduce battery swapping with a typical run time of 7 days (168 hours)
- Cut through high-noise environments with alarms that sound at 108 dB
- Know what’s happening at a distance thanks to the largest display of any area monitor and customizable alarm action messages like “EVACUATE” or “VENTILATE”
- Increase worker safety with DualSense® Technology, which provides redundant protection by using two sensors to detect the same gas
- Simplify maintenance and reporting with the DSXi Docking Station
4. When a device goes into alarm
In this webinar, you’ll also see what happens when the Radius BZ1 and Ventis Pro5 go into alarm.
Any connected gas monitor using iAssign will display:
- who is in trouble
- what the situation is, and
- where the alert is coming from.
iAssign uses beacons to share your location and any issues that may arise.
If a worker presses the panic button on their device, other personal and area monitors will receive an alert. A team will see and hear there is a problem. The devices can alert you to low LEL, high toxin, and low oxygen levels.
5. iNet Now control panel
One of the most useful features that Jason presented in the webinar was the iNet Now control panel. A manager can use the control panel for overviewing many sites.
They’ll receive the same live updates that workers do. If a worker is in trouble, the supervisor can see:
- the worker’s coordinates
- the gas levels in the area, and
- other pertinent information to get help to the location as soon as possible.
The information is also saved to the cloud for further review later on.
Gas detection services we offer
Whether you’re building your gas detection program or need help choosing the right products for your job, we can help.
Along with providing quotes for purchase or rental options, we can also service your gear including maintenance, calibration, and repair.
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