Many petrochemical plants handle invisible gaseous hydrocarbons. Most of these gases pose some sort of safety issue. They may be toxic or can cause health issues in case of long-term exposure. Others are highly flammable, explosive even, and most of them will have a negative impact on the environment if they enter the atmosphere in large quantities. That is why leak detection is of vital importance in these petrochemical plants.
Detection of gas leaks in industrial facilities can not only be dangerous and time-consuming, it is also susceptible to human error and interpretation. In order to provide a safer, more efficient and more reliable detection solution, RoboGasInspector was conceived. The innovative robot system for remote detection and localisation of gas leaks was developed by a range of German companies and institutes, and uses a FLIR GF320 optical gas imaging camera.
The Scott Safety Meridian universal fixed gas detection transmitter system supports a full range of toxic and combustible gas sensors.
Photonic Innovations aims to commercialise a novel gas-detection technology, developed at the University of Otago, that is claimed to virtually eliminate false alarms.
Around 90% of city dwellers in the European Union (EU) are exposed to one of the most damaging air pollutants at levels deemed harmful to health by the World Health Organization (WHO). This result comes from the latest assessment of air quality in Europe, published by the European Environment Agency (EEA).
The Michell Instruments’ Portable Calibration Rig (PCR) is used for on-site calibrations of gas analysers.
To many, dust can seem harmless but Graeme Cooper, Managing Director of Tecpro Australia (the company recently won the 2012 Australian Bulk Handling Review Award for Dust Control, Technology, Application or Practice in partnership with the University of Wollongong), comments on the reason why mitigating the risk of dust explosion is so important.
Globally, there are a wide range of laws concerning work in confined spaces with generally the same intent, which is to protect workers when they enter such spaces. They lay out training guidelines and entry procedures and, in most cases, explain the hazards associated with entry. Where the information falls short is the experiences of the people that actually enter the spaces to do the work and the supervisors that oversee it. On-the-job training is a valuable asset that needs to be shared more often.
The Ventis Slide-on Pump is suitable for workers who primarily use the Ventis MX4 multigas detector for personal protection but occasionally require an instrument pump for confined space entries.
The Dräger X-dock series allows automatic bump testing and calibration at reduced test gas consumption and short test duration. At the same time, the networked database system provides extensive documentation and evaluation.
Portable electric generators retrofitted with off-the-shelf hardware by the University of Alabama (UA) emitted significantly lower levels of carbon monoxide (CO) exhaust, according to the results of tests conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Industrial Scientific has announced that its gas detection as a service solution, known as iNet, was recognised as ‘Health & Safety Initiative of the Year’ at the Gulf Coast Oil & Gas Awards held in Texas last month.