The complexity of a hazardous environment has always been one of the key hurdles when it comes to managing the cost of gas detection.
Ensuring operatives remain safe in often confined spaces and unpredictable environments is essential, but the cost of monitoring for multiple gases, and replacing sensors on a regular basis can be expensive and put pressure on operational budgets.
For organisations operating in environments where just one or two gases may be present, the total cost of ownership for equipment, maintenance and replacement parts can prove to be a significant drain on budgets.
Organisations operating in more complex environments however – those where workers could be exposed to up to five or six different gases – can quickly see their costs rocket with the need for higher levels of replacement cells and a support network to match.
Complex Multi-Gas Environments
The need to replace high cost sensors through the equipment and operation’s life-cycle can easily reach extreme levels and have a big impact on the financial viability of projects.
In mining operations for example, workers need to be able to monitor multiple toxic and flammable gases like carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, nitric oxide, oxygen and methane 'on the go' using portable, personal devices.
Each of these gases needs to be monitored in real-time and it is essential that gas cells are not allowed to degrade to the point where they might be inaccurate or slow to respond if mining companies are to maintain optimum health and safety levels.
However, within the reality of a project running to tight deadlines and strict budgets, using gas cells down to the last minute could become the norm if safety or operation managers are looking at inflated replacement costs.
This is not only putting workers within immediate danger if gas readings become inaccurate but can also impact the longer-term viability of a project if an event does occur.
Not to mention the unpredictability of unexpected hazardous toxins becoming present during an operation and the safety impact of ensuring operatives are monitoring for as many substances and environmental changes as practically possible.
Getting the balance right between providing new, portable technology which can improve productivity and safety within hazardous industrial environments is essential for the long-term future of these sectors, and dealing with the inflating cost of ownership in one step which needs to happen sooner rather than later.
We have compared the initial cost of purchase for portable gas detection systems with the total cost of ownership across the entire lifecycle in our eBook 'Understanding the cost of gas detection systems in hazardous industries'. To discover how you can achieve significant cost reductions with a single, multi-environment solution, click the link below to download your free copy today: