Concept Controls has announced today the acquisition of Gaztek Inc, a long time Montreal based BW Technologies distributor. Since 1992 Gaztek Inc as been distributing and servicing BW Technologies, now part of the Honeywell family of gas monitors.
It was a warm August afternoon, and Jonathan Short was descending a ladder from a roof for what seemed the hundredth time that month. An HVAC technician he had just finished working on a malfunctioning unit. As he made his way down his foot missed a rung causing him to slip and fall the remaining four feet to the ground.
The wonders of modern technology are an amazing thing. The ability to always be ‘on’, AI that can search the internet for you, and movies with fantastic special effects never fail to amaze. In the world of the gas detector, modern technology can be the difference of life and death, so its history is very important. It is a high stakes gamble when you don’t know what may be in the air you’re breathing. Everyone knows about the canary in a coal mine, but how did we get from there to here?
Passive air sampling should be part of every workplace safety culture when working around hazards. When that hazard is an invisible, airborne gas, passive air samplers are imperative in keeping your work environment safe. Passive air sampling is a method of testing for air pollution and harmful chemicals such as carbon monoxide and other organic compounds. Unlike active air sampling, which requires you to have a bulky pump, and glass tubes to act as a sorbate, passive air sampling uses a smaller device, about the size of a credit card, which can easily clip on to a shirt or a stand. It is necessary to ensure the health and safety of engineers, technicians, and bystanders at work sites.
A little while ago I wrote about passive sampling for testing your air quality. I examined its strengths, capabilities, and when it should be used. The article touched on active air sampling, but only enough to compare it to passive sampling. With that in mind you’re probably asking: what can active air sampling do for me? Why does it even need to exist?
Water monitoring is an important preventative procedure. Monitoring water sources for signs of contamination can reduce the impact of water contamination through early detection and a fast response to issues. The appropriate type of monitoring and the design of the system depends upon hydrology, pollution sources, and the population density and climate of the region. There are four basic types of groundwater monitoring systems.
According to OSHA, about 90 workers die in confined space accidents every year. Many of these tragedies are preventable. But unfortunately, workers and employers often simply do not understand what confined spaces are or how to identify the dangers that lurk inside them. That is why it’s important to have an open and frank discussion about confined space safety. We owe it to the workers who put themselves at risk every day in these challenging spaces.
Safety takes many forms. Shielding from particulate, detection of noxious gases, and shielding from debris among others. Often left out is one of the most widespread and pervasive dangers – heat stress. Although heat stress is not a danger on every work site, it is on a great many. Any job in the sun, many in confined spaces, or indoors around heavy equipment, may pose a heat stress danger which can lead to ailments such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and perhaps death.
Most, if not all, mines are full of noise with the constant drilling and the use of heavy machinery, which leads to the potential for hearing damage. Most workers won't notice the damage to their hearing until long after they were first exposed to the noisy environment. Over-exposure to excessive noise can result in tinnitus, sleep disturbances, concentration problems and even permanent hearing loss. To protect workers against noise, mining companies should evaluate working conditions and noise exposure through the use of dosimeters. Companies should ensure proper use of personal hearing protection amongst noise-exposed employees, while providing necessary health and safety training. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) can be caused by a single exposure to a loud noise, and can affect the quality of life of those who suffer from it.