5 Practical Tips For Accurate Gas Detection

Bump tests and calibrations are crucial factors in any gas detection program. But you also need to make sure you’re using good technique to consistently and accurately detect atmospheric hazards.

To have good technique, it’s necessary to understand gas detection and the limitations of your equipment. That said, consider the following five tips you can use for consistent and accurate gas detection.

    1. Use the filters recommended by the equipment manufacturer. Most meters will use a filter of some kind. This helps to keep out any dust or liquids, which could impair the internals of the meters. Without one, your meter is more likely to need a repair. Think of it as a smartphone without a security case. Use the filters recommended by the manufacturer and replace them regularly to keep your meter working.
    2. Test your meter pump. Not all meters have a pump, but if yours has one it’s a good idea to test it. Your meter can’t pull a sample if the pump is weak. To test the pump before using the monitor, place your finger over the inlet. The pump is good to go if the pump stall is triggered.
    3. Calibrate periodically. It’s vital that you’re calibrating periodically, although the timing for each calibration may vary depending on the recommendations of your manufacturers. Calibrations are quick and essential. They’re what ensures your gas meter reads are accurate when they’re exposed to gas. Without regular calibrations, you can’t be sure your meters are reading at all. Don’t trust a self-bump test, either.
    4. Do a bump test before every use. Speaking of bump tests, you want to be sure that you’re not just relying on fresh air values. If your meter sensor is damaged in some way or it no longer responds to gas, then that 0% LEL is worthless. Do a quick bump test to know if your sensors are working or not.
    5. Don’t use expired calibration gases. Calibration gases aren’t like milk. There’s no wiggle room with the expiration date. The expiration date on your calibration gas cylinders needs to be strictly followed. This is because calibration gas breaks down naturally on its own. This can make it impossible to perform a reliable calibration with it.

Where can I find calibration gas cylinders near me?

It’s estimated that 5.4 million U.S. businesses are powered by natural gas. No matter which industry you’re in, it’s important to make sure there aren’t any toxic or combustible substances in your workplace.

Calibration Gas is a calibration gas supplier that offers a variety of calibration gas cylinders and disposable calibration gas. To learn more about our calibration gas cylinders and environmental gas standards, contact Calibration Gas today.


Tips To Keep Your Shipping Vessel Safe On The Sea

Maritime safety is crucial to consider before and during your time on the waves. Your vessel needs to meet certain standards set by the government and international bodies to protect you, your crew, and your cargo.

To help keep your shipping vessel safe and secure on the water, here are some maritime safety tips.

Conduct a risk assessment

Every crew on every vessel needs to conduct a thorough risk assessment before going out on the water. If you’re traveling internationally, there are many areas that are considered safe. But there are also areas that are considered dangerous.

Some maritime security organizations specialize in a specific area such as the Maritime Security Centre: Horn of Africa and ReCAAP. These organizations can provide you with information on ships traveling in the area and provide real-time warnings of pirate activity.

Make sure your crew is doing their best to avoid illness

Hand washing isn’t just important in food service. It’s important everywhere you work, especially when you’re working in close quarters. With so many people in one place, diseases can spread quickly.

Whether or not there’s a disease warning on your shipping vessel, it’s crucial that you and your crew wash your hands regularly and take safety precautions. If you touch a handrail, elevator button, or place your hand on a surface in another common area, disinfect your hands soon after.

Keep gas detection equipment onboard

Depending on where you are on the water, your vessels will fall into different propulsion device categories which determine the regulations that apply to your engine. In the U.S., you might be affected by the:

    • 1999 Marine Engine Rule
    • 2002 Recreational Engine Rule
    • 2003 Category 3 Engine Rule
    • 2008 Category 1/2 Engine Rule
    • 2009 Category 3 Engine Rule

Gas detection equipment is necessary to ensure your vessel meets current standards of emissions and specifications. It also ensures you’re meeting safety end environmental regulations, which require calibration gas and mandatory testing.

Where can I find a calibration gas supplier near me?

Approximately 25% of all primary energy used in the U.S. is natural gas. It’s important to make sure the gas you’re using stays in the right place and isn’t leaking or causing an issue to your health or anyone else’s.

Calibration Gas is a calibration gas supplier that meets environmental gas standards and supplies disposable cylinders. To learn more about calibration gas cylinders and our calibration gas accessories, contact Calibration Gas today.

3 Things That Can Help You Choose The Right Regulator

Regulators are what you use to control the flow of your calibration gases from the gas cylinder to the meter. It’s important to use the right regulator to get the best performance from your gas meter.

The wrong regulator could not only cause inaccurate readings but also might be incompatible with your calibration cylinder altogether. How can you be sure to choose the right regulator?

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My Monitor Performs A Self-Bump Test, Is That Enough?

Gas detectors are calibrated for the specific use of keeping you and workers safe from hazardous gases. That’s why bump testing is so vital; it ensures your gas detectors know what to look for and when to sound the alarm.

But what if the manufacturer of your gas monitor assures you that the detector is capable of performing a self-bump test? Do you still need to calibrate your gas detectors?

The short answer to that question is yes. But why aren’t self-bump tests enough to bet your life on them?

The problem with self-bump tests

In theory, self-bump tests are great. They save you time by assuring you that the gas detector is capable of detecting hazardous gas in the air and alarming you and your team when it’s present.

In practice, self-bump tests aren’t as great as we’d like to believe. Self-bump tests can be faulty because they’re testing the detector’s sensor.

Compared to gas detectors that are calibrated and bump-tested manually, gas detectors that perform a self-bump test may not have their sensors cleaned of dust and grime.

This grime can keep a detector from accurately sensing a gas. And when your detector isn’t capable of sensing the gas in the air, then not only is the detector useless, but it’s also putting you and your workers in danger.

What’s more, when you depend on your detector to perform a self-bump test, you’re less likely to notice any damage that could have happened to the sensor. Many detectors are clipped onto a person’s clothing while they’re on the job, which means they’re likely to get banged up. If you’re not paying attention to the detector, there could be a chance it can break without you noticing.

Always calibrate and bump test gas detectors yourself

The best way to determine whether your gas detector is really working and its sensor is accurate is by calibrating the gas detector and performing a bump test yourself.

This also gives you the opportunity to determine if the detector is underperforming.

Do you need disposable calibration gas?

Up to one-fourth of all primary energy used in America is natural gas. That’s why it’s crucial to use calibration gas to ensure your gas monitors are working correctly.

If you’re looking for calibration gas suppliers for disposable calibration gas, Calibration Gas is the place for you. To learn more about our disposable cylinders and our gas calibration standards, contact Calibration as today.

Gas Monitoring For Confined Space Entry: Best Practices Part 2

In part one of our series on best practices for gas monitoring in confined spaces, we talked about the importance of utilizing portable gas monitoring and the importance the sensors in the monitor.

Here, in part two, we’ll go into detail about maintaining your gas monitors and observing proper sampling procedures.

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Gas Monitoring For Confined Space Entry: Best Practices Part 1

There’s a real possibility the air in confined workspaces such as paper mills, chemical plants, and utility passageways could be contaminated with combustible or toxic gases. In fact, 5.4 million American businesses are powered by natural gas.

To ensure the employees who work in these spaces are safe, regulations call for monitoring environmental gas standards in these types of environments.

Employers are required to have a way to monitor the air in a confined space before entry and during an employee’s time occupying the space. In this two-part series, we’ll go into detail on some of the best practices for monitoring gas in confined spaces.

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4 Myths About Calibrating Your Gas Detectors

Gas detectors are used to protect workers from unknown hazards. They’re crucial to the safety of one’s employees and the workplace itself. Serious accidents can happen when a detector is inaccurate because of an incorrect calibration.

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of confusion that surrounds how often a gas detector needs to be calibrated. To help clear up this confusion and to ensure your gas detectors are properly calibrated, consider the following myths.

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How Are Custom Calibration Gases Made?

Custom calibration gases and calibration gas accessories are used in laboratories, universities, and in industrial analysis applications. It’s calibration gas that determines whether a gas detector will correctly detect a substance.

When you expose the gas detector to a known concentration of test substance like ammonia, which is the most commonly produced chemical in the world, you learn whether the detector’s sensors are accurately responding to the gas.

But sometimes standard calibration gases and calibration gas accessories aren’t enough. This is where custom calibration gases come in.

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What’s The Difference Between Specialty Gas Manufacturers?

A total of 83% of natural gas comes from conventional reservoirs. Some of these gases are used to create products like nitrogen fertilizer. Others are used as calibration gases to test gas detector sensors so they can accurately detect air pollutants.

But if gas largely comes from the same place, what’s the difference between specialty gas suppliers?

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