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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4 Reasons Why You Need A Confined Space Monitor Maintenance Program

As an employer, you’re required to equip your workers with monitors designed to detect harmful substances when you require workers to enter a confined space. This keeps your employees from being exposed to air pollutants, gases, and chemicals that could be a threat to your workers’ health.

But it isn’t enough to use confined space monitors. You also need to make sure you have a confined space monitor maintenance program in place for several reasons including:

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Calibration Gas 101: A Glossary Of Terms

Calibration gases are used in a variety of industries where precision is required. The mixture of gaseous components is used as a comparative reference in the calibration of analytical instruments, such as gas analyzers or gas detectors. Beyond the scientific applications where specificity is a must, using instruments that are inaccurately calibrated can be dangerous and pose serious risk to workers. In order to better explain the technicalities involved in such a precise field, we’ve compiled this brief glossary of terms. Continue reading Calibration Gas 101: A Glossary Of Terms