Industrial workers are exposed to a wide range of hazards on any given day. Chemicals for example, are a major issue in production plants, with dangerous chemicals ranging from corrosive cleaning solutions to leaking battery acid. In oil and gas operations, explosions and fires are the main concern due to the presence of flammable vapours and gases. Other common hazards include falls and struck-by/caught-in hazards, which are common in areas such as construction and manufacturing. Confined spaces and lone worker operations are also hazardous to workers in many different industries.
No matter what the industry, having a strong workplace safety culture is always important. But in potentially life-threatening industries, it is vital. While it is standard practice for workers to be issued with gas detectors, it is not enough for workers to simply have them; they need to take the appropriate measures to maintain them. Taking this into consideration, Honeywell has developed a gas detector with new features to increase worker safety and simplify the jobs of HSE staff, site supervisors and operations staff.
Honeywell’s new MicroRAE gas monitor is the industry’s first four-gas monitor that allows real-time gas monitoring, allowing the stakeholders to view critical information within seconds. This means they can prevent or reduce risk by responding quickly to potential safety incidents and process malfunctions.
The monitor also helps in carrying out a man-down rescue or plant egress with increased confidence and better outcomes, along with identifying an equipment malfunction in its early stages and preventing costly downtime.
The MicroRAE monitors H2S, CO, O2 and combustible gases (LEL) in its standard four-gas configuration. Additionally, there is also a sensor configuration of LEL, O2, CO and HCN available. This makes the monitor suitable for a wide range of applications such as oil and gas drilling, waste water treatment, manufacturing, utilities and telecommunications, firefighting, construction, petrochemical/chemical, confined spaces and any industries with toxic and combustible gas hazards.
The MicroRAE has many features that that contribute to better worksite safety culture. For example, knowing that some workers neglect to perform calibration and bump tests because they consider them overly complicated or time-consuming, Honeywell has simplified these processes and reduced calibration and bump testing time to 30 and 10 seconds respectively.
The performance of regular calibration and bump tests is also encouraged by the Automatic Test and Calibration System, assuring workers and safety staff that the gas detectors will function correctly when in use. In conjunction with this, the device features IntelliFlash behaviour, a flashing green light – visible from a distance – that indicates the detector has been bump tested and is monitoring correctly.
Another important feature is the gas detector’s Man Down Alarm. Essentially, the detector uses a motion sensor to track the time it is stationary, and if it is stationary when it shouldn’t be, an alarm is raised. This alarm is shown not only locally on the instrument, but also remotely across the wireless network. This feature could be crucial in lone worker applications.
With its innovative features that bolster worksite safety across a range of industries and applications, MicroRAE not only encourages, but guarantees lower-risk and improved safety culture.
To know more about Honeywell’s MicroRAE gas monitor, please download our whitepaper here. This whitepaper will outline the various safety hazards experienced on worksites, and how Honeywell Analytics’ new MicroRAE gas detector can help combat these issues to create an enhanced safety ecosystem.