From Industrial Scientific Corporation
Since the passage of OSHA's Permit-Required Confined Space legislation (29 CFR 1910.146), safety and hygiene professionals are increasingly aware of the need to be absolutely sure of the content of gases in these potentially dangerous areas. A permit-required confined space, as defined by OSHA (page 4,550, definitions, sections 1, 2, 3, and 4), is a confined space that has one of the following characteristics:
* Contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere.
* Contains a material that has the potential for engulfing an entrant.
* Has an internal configuration such that an entrant could be trapped or asphyxiated by inwardly converging walls or a floor that slopes downward and tapers to a smaller cross-section.
* Contains any other recognized safety or health hazard.
We all know that these spaces can take on many diverse forms, but the do's and don'ts remain the same. Here are a few commonly-held misconceptions about gas monitoring for confined spaces that could lead to dangerous consequences.
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Gas sensors interact with a gas to initiate the measurement of its concentration. The sensor then provides output to an instrument to display the measurements.
Gas instruments detect, monitor or analyze gases present in an environment.
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