Before using a gas detector in the mines, there are several essential things to check to guarantee its correct operation and accurate readings. Here are some of the most important ones:
- Calibration: Before using the gas detector, calibration should be conducted to guarantee it accurately measures gas concentrations. Calibration should be carried out using certified calibration gases and according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Battery: Always test the battery of a gas detector to make sure it’s fully charged or has enough charge for an entire shift. Additionally, test each detector’s functionality before each use.
- Sensor: Check the sensor of a gas detector to ensure it’s clean and free of debris. Dust, dirt, and other impurities can affect the accuracy of gas readings.
- Gas Concentration: Make sure the gas concentration in the area where you plan to use a gas detector is appropriate. If it’s too high, it may not be safe to use the detector or other equipment there.
- Location: Place the gas detector in an optimal location to detect any gas leaks. Place it at a height where gas may accumulate.
- Alarm: Check the alarm settings on your gas detector to make sure they are set at appropriate levels. The alarm should be set to activate when the concentration of gases reaches a hazardous level.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Make sure all personnel using the gas detector are wearing appropriate PPE, such as respiratory protection, gloves, and eye protection.
By checking these key areas before using a gas detector in the mines, you can help guarantee accurate readings from the detector and keep workers safe.
This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at Becker Mining Communications! For over 15 years, Becker Communications has been the industry’s leader in Gas Monitoring Devices and electrical mining communication systems. As they expanded into surface mining, railroads, and tunneling they added wireless communication systems, handheld radios, tagging and tracking systems, as well as gas monitoring.