Published on 28/11/2022
Lifesaving equipment has come a long way in a short space of time. Thanks to leading-edge innovations and technological developments, personal gas protection is more agile, lightweight and reliable than ever.
These cutting-edge portable devices can only offer adequate protection if properly used and maintained. In this guide, we’ll explain the key points to consider when drawing up a maintenance schedule for your portable gas detectors, with handy hints and tips to ensure you’re always fully covered.
Cleaning is essential to keeping your gas detector safe and fully functioning. This is because ultra-responsive sensors can easily be compromised by contaminants, especially in challenging working environments where the device is coming into contact with dust, dirt and water on a daily basis.
When cleaning your portable gas detector, you must ensure that you do not use any cleaning solutions or products that could damage the device or compromise its function. These include solvents, alcohol-based and silicon-based cleaners.
Using a slightly damp, but clean soft cloth is one of the best ways to quickly and easily clean your gas detector daily or weekly.
For those with a large crew or working in environments compromised by potential contaminants, a regular cleaning schedule can also be drawn up, ensuring that your gas detector is always ready for action.
Like a car, most gas detectors require regular servicing to ensure they are fully operational. Service intervals are usually set and recommended by the manufacturer – for example, we advise 6-monthly servicing for most of our models. Our servicing packages are tailored to each client and designed to improve safety and save money.
During a service, an expert technician will thoroughly check and recalibrate the sensor, checking the detector for any issues or concerns. Certification and documentation can also be provided as proof of compliance following each service.
Maintenance and inspection of your portable gas detector can be carried out in-house or professionally outsourced and should be conducted regularly. As well as ensuring your gas detector is fit for the job, this also has a cost-benefit as it can identify when parts need to be ordered and purchased regularly.
For those who require or prefer a maintenance-free option, our best-selling Triple-C model requires no charging, servicing, sensor replacement or maintenance throughout its lifetime.
Bump testing is essential for many reasons. First and foremost, it ensures that your detector is ready for use and can respond to and alert in the event of a gas leak, but it is also crucial in terms of compliance with current legislation. Bump testing should become part of your daily task sheet and must always be performed before each use, according to OSHA and HSE guidelines. Each device has a different bump test protocol – our models feature quick and easy bump testing and data recording for complete peace of mind.
As well as checking the function of the gas detector itself, it’s crucial to periodically check on any accompanying kit, such as batteries, cables, sample probes and the display screen. Testing will identify any issues in the performance of the device. Still, it’s essential to visually check the device itself and any crucial elements to identify potential problems before they arise.
If in doubt, ask the experts. Contact us if you’re unsure of any aspect of your device’s function/maintenance requirement, unclear about what to do when cleaning/maintaining your device, or have questions regarding configuration, calibration and bump testing.
It’s always better to speak with your supplier and obtain sound information to avoid compromising its function and endangering crew members. We’re always on hand to help with our friendly and experienced team, available for remote support worldwide.
Several years ago, we identified simplicity and ease of use as two of the main challenges facing crews when using portable gas detectors. Although the equipment was evolving and offered more reliable and durable protection, human error was still causing issues with coverage that opened crew members up to the risks of gases. That’s why we have built-in smart features to set our products apart from the rest, such as immunity to dirt and dust, extended battery life and a simple calibration function to minimise the possibility of mistakes or poor maintenance. This makes our portable gas detectors the most reliable and easy to use on the market today.
For more information or assistance choosing portable gas detection solutions, please get in touch on +44 (0)1709 599 222.