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Avoid the 7 Deadly Sins of Gas Detection

Dangerous gases are hazards in many industries, but for the most part, the knowledge and technology exists to ensure that everyone stays safe. So why are there so many deaths every year? Because this knowledge and/or technology are not used effectively!

We have gathered the gas detection failing that we encounter through our business as gas detection experts under seven heading. Our hope is that these Seven Deadly Sins of Gas Detection will highlight the most serious pitfalls and so promote gas detection safe practices.

#1 Not calibrating

Lives are put at risk every day, simply because a calibration check that is due is ignored or postponed.  Employees feel pressure to complete tasks faster and management omit to follow-up on missed calibration tests. This can result in employees working without effective protection against a deadly concentration of hazardous gas. Learn more

#2 Not bump testing

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. Learn more

#3 Not matching the detector to the environment

From selecting the best sensor technology to the most appropriate cleaning fluid, there are many things to get right to ensure the accuracy of gas detection and that safety is not compromised. Learn more

#4 Ignoring training

Training is vital for the safe use of detection equipment as well as the proper maintenance. Personnel should have a basic understand of the nature of any likely gas hazards, and how to minimise the chances of encountering the hazard or how to react to them if they do. Everyone should understand the “why” of gas detection and take the “how” seriously. Learn more

#5 Introducing other hazards 

This is often an unintended consequence of the choice of instrument or technology. Trip and fall hazards are among the dangers that that could be avoided with a little more thought about equipment selection. Learn more

#6 Ignoring alarms (or previous incidents!)

This may well result from frequent false or “spurious” alarms. But a gas detection system that is being ignored is useless, because it is no longer a credible signal of imminent danger. This is a situation in urgent need of remedy if lives are to be protected. Learn more

#7 Ignoring your data

Analysis of data logged on your gas detectors can reveal information that prevent accidents and save lives. But all too often, this vital resource is not being used to its full potential. 


If you have any questions or would like more information on any of the issue raised by the Seven Deadly Sins of Gas Detection, please contact us and we will be pleased to help.

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