When monitoring the atmosphere in a confined space environment, one of the most important factors to consider is the air quality. Prior to entry and during any work, you need to ensure that your workers are safe; it is vital to check the oxygen content of the atmosphere, and to also check whether there are any toxic gases present.
While you only need to check the air quality beforehand to comply with safety regulations, it is highly recommended that continuous monitoring takes place throughout. The use of a portable gas detector can enable you to do this quickly, efficiently and accurately.
This is a practice that is applicable to wide range of industries; with that in mind, we understand how choosing the right gas monitor and knowing how to use it can drastically impact on the success rate of an operation and user safety.
Below we have used user feedback, popularity and the most advanced features around to narrow down our top gas monitor picks; so let’s get started:
A brand new release by Honeywell, the BW Icon gas monitor has built on the capabilities of past units to provide its users with a variety of exclusive out of the box features, including a 2 month runtime on a single 4.5 hour charge.
Featuring Bluetooth as a standard, the Icon has 3 variations to choose from (each with a different number of gas sensors); this includes the BW Icon, BW Icon+ and BW Flex, the latter of which is coming soon.
This Dräger series has a high reputation for precise readings and reliable craftsmanship; the PAC 8000 gas monitor is no exceptions, with almost a dozen single gas options to choose from.
Its robust casing also makes this model resilient against extreme conditions, whereas its user friendly display allows for easy handling, which in turn minimises training time.
A fan favourite amongst our range for years now, the MicroClip XL Gas Monitor is as reliable as it is versatile, sporting over a dozen multi gas configurations (including our most popular 4 gas LEL, O2, H2S, CO combo).
With a generous 18 hour battery runtime, this model comes with a range of out of the box features, such as IntelliFlash and Reflex technology, for a improved response time and compliance.
Offering complete reliability, the T4 Multi Gas Detector provides protection against the four most common gas hazards. This nationally-utilised gas monitor is Crowcon’s toughest portable design so far, with a rugged rubber boot that can withstand drops of 4m.
The T4 monitor has a battery life of 18 hours, allowing for longer shifts to be worked safely. It also has a simple single button operation that is easy to use, even when wearing gloves. With its innovative TWA Resume function, the device can correctly calculate toxic gas exposures across an entire shift, even if the T4 has been turned off during that time frame.
A PID gas monitor from our RAE Systems range, this unit has a variety of applications, with a generous detection range of 0 to 5000ppm (parts per million).
Offering a super fast response time of 3 seconds, this model is one of the most sophisticated VOC detectors on the market, ensuring high functionality and durability via its sturdy rugged casing.
Specialising in combustibles and toxic gases, the BW Rigrat gas monitor can run continuously for up to two months on a single charge, built to accommodate harsh environments.
The unique capabilities of this unit allows you to a create a wireless self configurating network alongside up to 8 other Rigrat monitors. If one goes down, the network compensates by ensuring the other monitors work together to close the gap.
One of our most unique VOC monitors, the ppbRAE 3000 PID gas detector measures from 1ppb up to 10,000ppm, featuring bluetooth data connectivity that can transmit for up to two miles,
Aptly named ppbRAE (with stands for parts per billion), this advanced unit can also sample pump draws from up to 100 feet.
Designed to fit perfectly into the palm of your hand, the BW Ultra gas detector is a handheld solution to sampling and monitoring confined spaces. Capable of detecting up to five gases, this monitor uses advanced the 1-Series sensor, which offers a fast response and reliable performance.
This innovative device features a large, easy to view screen with a LCD dot matrix high resolution display for easy reading. Complete with a one-button operation for easy use even when wearing gloves. Its slimline design is a much lower weight than other models, and the device has a battery life of 18 hours for prolonged use.
Able to detect up to 14 pre-selected gases, the BW Solo is an easy to use safety solution that can streamline your working day. This device features Bluetooth Low Energy technology as standard that allows real-time updates to be viewed by other workers, helping teams to work together more efficiently.
With a battery life of over 12 months, the BW gas monitor can provide complete reliability for workers in potentially hazardous situations. Its user-friendly operation has a clearly visible screen and is easy to maintain for long-lasting use.
Offering reliable protection, the Dräger X-am 2500 Gas Detector can detect up to four different gases. Its dust and water-resistant design is simple to operate, with a two button control panel and easily-navigated menu.
This Dräger X-am monitor features gas entry points on each side that ensure the device is operational even when the front is covered. A 360° visible alarm ensures the wearer is fully alerted to the presence of any toxic gases. With a battery life of 12 hours, this device allows long-lasting power that can ensure the safety of the wearer for a lengthy shift.
Hopefully, this article will help you to make an informed decision regarding what units will best support you and your workers while out onsite. To see more gas detectors, check out our dedicated gas detector category page.
Posted by Ryan Jenkins