Span Gases: What you need to know!

Is the engine of your marine vehicle compliant with emissions limits? Regulations set forth by governments, international bodies, and regulatory acts require the propulsion mechanism for personal and commercial craft to meet certain standards that protect you, your cargo, and your vehicle from hazardous gases. These requirements necessitate the use of gas detecting instruments. The best way to ensure that your gas detection equipment is functioning correctly is regular, accurate calibration using high-quality span gases.

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Martek calls for safer shipping to mark European Shipping Week

February 2017

Martek Marine, the global maritime technology innovator, is leading calls to make the shipping industry safer for seafarers to mark European Shipping Week, taking place in Brussels this week. To encourage shipping companies to invest in improved healthcare for crew members, the company has pledged to donate $100 to charity for every life saved through the use of its revolutionary telemedicine offering iVital.

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How to Recycle Your Gas Cylinders

In order to meet legal and industry requirements, and ensure safety in the workplace, it’s critical to that your gas-detection devices are functioning correctly. These gas detectors serve a vital role by monitoring environmental conditions and alerting us to potential leaks or hazardous conditions. Conducting frequent calibration tests means that you’ll be going through a lot of span gas—it also means you’ll be left with a lot of empty gas cylinders.

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Saving lives at sea this Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day we want to highlight how you can improve your crew’s welfare and safety on-board. You are responsible for protecting the lives of your crew at sea, and you know that a happy and secure crew is a productive one.

For the whole of February, the British Heart Foundation is raising awareness as part of their annual National Heart Month 2017. We want to join efforts in raising awareness of the heart and potential risks of coronary heart disease (CHD). CHD seems to cause most cases of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in adults and many of these adults have no signs or symptoms of CHD before having SCA.
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What are the cost implications of misdiagnosing critical illness on board?

A crew member falling ill on board is always a cause for concern. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, there are a growing number of crew members that suffer from chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma or heart disease. Although most of the time these issues can be managed effectively, there may be occasions when their health starts to deteriorate rapidly. Illness may also occur due to infection, or simply be down to bad luck. As both serious and more trivial conditions may both start with similar symptoms, without expert intervention, differentiating between a serious and trivial medical situation can be a challenge without access to an appropriate medical expert. Get it wrong and the consequences can be severe.

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How can the marine industry benefit from using telemedicine on board?

Providing appropriate healthcare at sea has always been a major issue for the marine industry. Current legislation requires that the crew on a vessel receive a standard of healthcare as close as possible to that provided on land, but finding ways of fulfilling those legal obligations can be challenging. This is particularly true when it comes to working out if the condition is an urgent one that needs a prompt, emergency response, or if it’s one that can be safely left until the voyage is completed. It’s in these circumstances that using telemedicine can be of real benefit to crew members and operating companies.

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Why Calibration/SPAN gases are so important for ship safety

Is your vessel compliant with emissions limits? Regulations set forth by governments, international bodies, and regulatory acts require personal and commercial vessels to meet certain standards that protect you, your cargo, and your vehicle from hazardous gases. These requirements necessitate the use of gas detecting instruments. The best way to ensure that your gas detection equipment is functioning correctly is regular, accurate calibration using high-quality span gases.

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