CONFINED SPACE ENTRY SOLUTIONS
Confined space entry products are ideal for usage in entry, evacuation and rescue tanks, manholes, pipelines and other vertical entry worksites. In confined space areas with a constantly high potential for hazardous emissions, MSA provides the solution. Should there be a risk of unexpected hazardous events, one of MSA’s confined space entry solution products will be able to mitigate the risk of an incident occuring.
Safety professionals recognize that gas detection is a critical part of their safety program. Having a solution one can trust brings peace of mind that workers and worksites are safeguarded.
Importantly, creating a winning health and safety initiative requires alignment of three factors: subject matter expertise, technology that works, and a human-centered approach.
When a customer decides to move ahead with the installation of a new fixed flame and/or gas detection system, we can’t help but get excited, and not for the reason you might think! As a company centered on safety, we have a passion for properly installed and operating safety systems and see this decision as a commitment to saving lives, and at minimum ensuring their people and contractors may work in safety and that they, their families, and their communities may live in health. On top of that, we always work to ensure our customers attain the maximum benefit and overall top system performance and protection possible. With that being said, here are some best practices for end users to consider getting their new detection system installed, commissioned, and operating to deliver 24/7 year-round protection.
You’ve done your homework and purchased the right gas detectors for your facility. Now it’s time to install them. But how do you decide where the sensors should be placed?
You already know gas sensor placement is tied to the particulars of your unique facility. But beyond that—because you must take so many variables into account—you have no hard-and-fast rules to follow. However, in this post we’re highlighting some best practices you can consider when you’re ready to install your gas detectors.
If you work with direct-reading portable gas monitors (DRPGMs) to check oxygen levels and look for toxic or combustible gases, you’re likely familiar with the concepts of bump testing and calibration. But if you were given an on-the-spot pop quiz on the subject, could you tell the difference between these terms?
The main difference between a bump test and calibration is that a bump test determines whether a DRPGM can detect if a possibly hazardous gas is present, while calibration checks that equipment is accurate.
But it’s a little more complicated than that, and getting to know more about bump tests, the two types of calibration, and related best practices can help you keep these distinctions top of mind—and use them correctly.
You’ve decided that your facility would benefit from the installation and implementation of a gas detection system. Congratulations on a big step in the right direction toward improving the overall safety of your facility and your workers. Now comes the fun part, selecting the right technology to meet the needs of your application. While it might seem like an overwhelming task, you’re not in it alone as there are experts in the field who can help you understand exactly what you need, and why.
From traditional industrial environments to today’s increasingly complex hazardous processes, the risk of explosion and/or fire remains a critical concern. However, basic process controls typically do not warn of conditions outside normal system limits. Since industry vapours and gases (hydrocarbons) burn with very high flame temperatures, an external fire detection system that can rapidly sound an alarm in the event of a fire is essential to protect human lives and valuable equipment.
The canaries can be found in a variety of warm, tropical places. From lush jungles to balmy islands, they seem to love warmth and sunshine. Of all the places you would expect to see a canary, one of the last would be in the dark, cool depths of a coal mine. Yet this habitat was commonplace for the bird for nearly all of the 20th century. Perched in a tiny wooden cage, the canary accompanied miners down the darkest shafts, serving as an early warning system against the invasion of toxic gases. Quite simply, if the bird stopped chirping, fainted or died, it was time for the miners to exit. While “more humane” gas detection methods predate the canary by nearly 100 years, none seemed as reliable. It wasn’t until a better understanding of the inherent dangers in mining, coupled with the advent of new technologies, that the reliance on the canary started to lessen. The yellow bird received its final pink slip in 1986. Yes, in 1986.
It goes without saying that whilst operating in high-risk industries, safety should be given the utmost priority, which is why sourcing quality safety equipment over subpar gear is non-negotiable. Industries such as oil and gas refineries, construction sites, maritime, mining and general industry also comes with ensuring that employees arriving to work are properly screened for alcohol before they’re allowed on-site. But along with alcohol screening comes the issue of bottlenecks and getting people to their workstations on time. Read more
The Lifeloc Breathalysers have been designed to minimize blowback and risks of passing dangerous microbes from one user to the next through inhalation, reducing the possibility of users contracting a virus or infectious diseases such as TB.
It goes without saying, or rather should go without saying that in industries where your teams’ life is on the line (such as mining), sourcing the most innovative, top-of-the range safety equipment is of the highest priority. Quality versus subpar gear can spell the difference between the life and death of your company and team. And this could not ring truer in view of buying the right cap lamps for your mining team. Read more
As part of their SHERQ (safety, health, environment, risk, quality) strategy, which aims to create a culture wherein Illovo employees believe that all occupational injuries are foreseeable and preventable, Illovo recently organised a safety day for their staff at theirSezela Sugar Mill site, based in KwaZulu-Natal.
Based in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal, the KwaMnyandu Taxi Owners Association recently purchased two Lifeloc FC10 breathalysers from PSA Africa. This decision was made ahead of the past festive season, which had seen a 16 % increase in South African road deaths.
In an effort to help reduce the number of taxi accidents throughout the eThekwini area at large and make a positive impact within the community they serve, KwaMnyandu took it upon themselves to invest in one of the most reliable instruments available to the transport industry. Read more
PSA are proud to announce that they have recently launched their new XCAT detection system. This portable device boasts impressive optical detection technology, and is unique in the versatility that it displays.
Most detection systems are limited to the range of substances that they can pick up, whereas the XCAT is able to identify a wide range of substances such as explosives, narcotics and gunshot residue. Because of this, and the fact that it has been designed to screen an area or person quickly and effectively, it is ideally suited for use in law enforcement, crime scenes, ports and airports.
A Lifeloc Sentinel automatic breathalyzer introduced to a local mine with approximately 2000 employees can test every single one of them for alcohol before allowing them on site: a vast improvement on the previous capability of randomly testing just 30%. The mine’s employees pass quickly through five turnstiles daily without bottlenecks.
World Day of Remembrance is celebrated around the world on the 3rd Sunday of November each year and pays tribute to those that have lost their lives through road accidents, particularly through drunk driving. This year local restaurant Spiga ‘d Oro organized the event held at Sutton Park and rallied the community and businesses to be part of the day. Pictured here is Michael Crossland of Precision Safety Appliances (PSA); Caro Smit, Director of South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD) and Hank Lombard also from PSA. PSA supply Lifeloc breathalysers which are used by Metro Police as well as businesses with a need to test their staff. “We’re always looking for ways to educate drivers about the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol so we jumped at the opportunity to be help sponsor this event” said Hank. The best way to ensure you’re safe to drive is to use a breathalyser but we realise most people don’t have access to one. So we decided to create brochures to help educate the public on how to calculate their blood alcohol concentration as well as give advice on safe drinking habits. However the best and safest attitude to have is that if you plan on driving, don’t drink.
The abuse of drugs and alcohol over the annual festive season can have a terribly destructive effect on families, communities, on our roads and in the workplace. “This is why it’s essential to support any initiative that aims to curb abuse and save lives,” said alcohol abuse testing expert Hank Lombard.
In his presentation of the 2011/2012 SAPS National Crime Statistics to Parliament, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa noted that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs had increased by 2.9%. This was on the back of a 4.5% increase in 2010/2011, and the Minister echoed the sentiments of many road-users when he said “this is worrying, particularly as fatalities continue to be associated with drunk-driving.”
Alcohol is one of the leading causes of road deaths worldwide, and South Africa follows world trends in this respect. It seems logical, therefore, that lowering the maximum permissible blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for drivers would contribute towards reducing fatal drinking and driving accidents. It appears that this isn’t necessarily the case and public discussion on this debate has been prompted by the Department of Transport’s (DOT) proposed amendment to legal BAC.