We recently ran a series of articles under the guise of the Seven Deadly Sins of Gas Detection, which talked about gas detection and common mistakes of different kinds that could cost you your life or someone else’s life. However, the real deadly sin that sits at the root of all is complacency – not taking gases and gas hazards as a serious and present danger.
Ignoring your data is Crowcon’s seventh in the series of Deadly Sins of Gas Detection. A recent news story about an oil worker found collapsed over an open hatch, dead, highlighted this all too graphically. One of the most tragic aspects of this story (tragedy being properly defined as something that could have been prevented) was that data which could have saved him was logged in his personal gas detector. Continue reading “Deadly Sin No. 7 – Ignoring your data”
Ignoring alarms is Crowcon’s sixth in the series of Deadly Sins of Gas Detection. Alarms may be ignored if they go off so frequently that they become a source of annoyance rather than a vital piece of safety equipment. However, there have been incidents when a history of such spurious alarms has led to the detector being ignored or switched off, with disastrous results.
Introducing other hazards is the fifth in Crowcon’s series of Deadly Sins of Gas Detection. Most working environments where gas detection is required are already hazardous enough. The irony of using a gas detector that ends up being the cause of non-gas-related accident would not be an amusing one. Improvements in a variety of gas detection technologies mean that now this can often be avoided. Continue reading “Deadly Sin No.5 – introducing other hazards”
Ignoring Training is the fourth in Crowcon’s series of Deadly Sins of Gas Detection. Training is a vital aspect not just of the safe use but also proper maintenance of detection equipment, which can be overlooked. This could equally be management not properly providing training in the first place and the trainer or trainee not properly understanding or heeding it.
“Using the wrong equipment” is the third of Crowcon’s Deadly Sins of Gas Detection. The best of gas detection intentions can be undermined by use of the detection equipment not up to the job. There are many ways in which the accuracy and safety of gas detection equipment can be inadvertently compromised but there are some errors which can be easily avoided. To illustrate the point, here are some examples:
Do the sensors and alarms on your gas detector all work? Have they been inhibited by using the wrong cleaning solution or have their openings become obstructed by mud? How do you know? There are many reasons why a portable gas detector may not react to gas that can only be picked up by a bump test. Read more…
We recently ran a series of articles call the “Seven Deadly Sins of Gas Detection”. By highlighting the most common causes and effects of each ”sin”, we wanted to provide managers and employees with a greater awareness of what we believe are the Seven Deadly Sins of gas detection, how to avoid them and save lives. For the same reason, we are sharing them as our blog posts for the next seven weeks.