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MSA Safety has published these technical articles:

(Gas Sensing)
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Up until 1930, industry professionals believed the main causes of accidents were unsafe conditions. However, improvements in work environments and regulations helped to create safer work conditions....
(Safety and Personal Protective Equipment)
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A highly protective and cost-effective option for emergency response preparedness...
(Gas Sensing)
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MSA's guide to gas sensor selection and placement....
(Environmental Sensors)
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Ultrasonic gas leak detection (UGLD) is a comparatively recent detection technique and has emerged as an effective means of establishing the presence of gas leaks. It works especially well in open,...
(Gas Sensing)
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Fixed gas and flame detection applications....
(Environmental Sensors)
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As the name implies, catalytic combustible sensors detect combustible gas presence using a catalytic bead or coil, producing an electronic signal that is proportional to the gas concentration. This...
(Environmental Sensors)
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At a compressor or booster station, two main processes typically take place: gas compression, which is performed in order to ensure that the natural gas flowing through a pipeline remains pressurized,...
(Gas Sensing)
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When reliability is critical, photoacoustic infrared monitors offer the best package of performance and value. Topics include: ASHRAE Requirements for Refrigerant Monitoring, General Infrared...
(Safety and Personal Protective Equipment)
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The use of respiratory protection is necessary when workers must enter an environment in which toxic gases, vapors or harmful particulates may be present, or within an environment of oxygen...
(Safety and Personal Protective Equipment)
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Changes have been made to the fall protection equipment standard for general industry, ANSI Z359.1-1992(R1999). The benchmark standard, which has become incorporated into many industrial fall...
(Environmental Sensors)
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Many extractive gas sampling applications involve very hot samples that must be cooled to instrument temperature before they can be analyzed. As samples cool, moisture may condense from the sample...
(Safety and Personal Protective Equipment)
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This paper summarizes and explains the latest edition of the ANSI/ASSE Z117.1 Standard for safe work in confined spaces. We will examine the key requirements of the new Standard, which was issued and...
(Safety and Personal Protective Equipment)
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The risk created by poorly performing lenses could be dangerous and costly. Studies have shown that visual strain causes health issues, such as debilitating headaches and a higher prevalence of...
(Safety and Personal Protective Equipment)
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Wet well sites are generally thought of as sewers, pump stations and waste water holding tanks, but also include water fountain control valve pits, septic tanks, ewage digesters, and water tower...
(Gas Sensing)
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The recent discovery of several significant shale deposits in North America, combined with technological advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, have led to a huge expansion of...
(Gas Sensing)
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Lease Automatic Custody Transfer (LACT/ACT) skids provide precision measurement and quality control to ensure the transfer of oilfield production to trucks, rail, storage tanks or pipelines is...
(Gas Sensing)
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Public and private fleet vehicles continue to migrate to use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed< natural gas (CNG) as this cleaner-burning fuel also offers lower fuel costs and lower...
(Gas Sensing)
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LNG (liquefied natural gas) and CNG (compressed natural gas) are common methane fuels used by long haul trucking firms as well as municipal fleet vehicles, also known as NGVs (natural gas vehicles)....
(Networking Equipment)
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Within Industry 4.0 are subsets of must-have technologies; namely, the Internet of Things (IoT) and 4G and 5G cellular connectivity. Their predecessors are now a thing of the past though they should...
(Gas Sensing)
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Not all gas detection programs are created equally. Nor, for that matter, are they all priced equally. Yes, price matters when creating or upgrading a gas detection program. But price by itself is not...
(Networking Equipment)
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Traditionally, greater safety levels have been achieved by constantly improving processes and applying best practices. But translating those seamlessly to the plan floor can be challenging, and any...
(Gas Sensing)
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Implementing a connected gas detection program doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a transformation of your gas detection program, that in the long-term, can help simplify safety, curb risk,...
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Does safer work mean slower work? It certainly doesn’t have to. With the benefits of connected work for your gas detection program, you can help enhance safety as well as productivity. Connected...
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The world of safety is in the midst of a revolution – the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) revolution where technology can enable a better, safer, more productive work environment. Nowhere...
(Networking Equipment)
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Technological advances like IoT devices, IIoT gateways, and connected building automation systems have resulted in better monitoring, tighter controls, and improved efficiencies....
(Fire Detection and Suppression)
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System integrators have a tough enough job without having to figure out how to transform a disparate network of devices and data streams (each with their own diverse protocols and physical...
(Safety and Personal Protective Equipment)
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At outdoor jobs with high sun exposure such as construction, working at height, and oil and gas, dangerous conditions due to heat stress are prominent – especially during the spring and summer...
(Gas Sensing)
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In this blog post, we will delve into the unique properties of methane, its flammability, and explore effective solutions to prevent and address the perilous situations it can create. It is essential...
(Industrial Computing)
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There’s been a lot of talk in the world of safety about the need for real-time data. Although most will agree that real-time data benefits safety programs by providing information that leads to...
(Gas Sensing)
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Portable gas detectors are designed to detect the presence of various combustible, flammable and toxic gases, and oxygen (O2) levels within an area. When dangerous concentrations of gases or vapors...
(Gas Sensing)
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Take a closer look at the challenges posed by hydrogen leaks, the risks involved and the need for precautionary measures to ensure the safe adoption of hydrogen technologies....
(Gas Sensing)
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Workplace safety is continuously evolving, with technological advancements playing a significant role in enhancing the well-being of workers, particularly in industries where hazardous gases are...
(Gas Sensing)
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Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) poses significant health risks, from respiratory issues to potential fatalities, making its prevention crucial. Implementing proactive measures such as gas detectors and...
(Gas Sensing)
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Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) poses significant health risks, from respiratory issues to potential fatalities, making its prevention crucial. Implementing proactive measures such as gas detectors and...
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Portable gas detection devices should be routinely tested and calibrated to verify they are functioning properly. While both calibrations and bump tests involve introducing gases to the sensors, the...
(Gas Sensing)
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The number of workplace injuries remains nearly unchanged year-over-year, with more than 2 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by provide industry employees in 2019. And up to...
(Process Controllers)
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The global importance of Safety Integrity Levels (SIL) has grown substantially in the process industries over the years. However, SIL is still a complex concept that often is misinterpreted and...