Is Safety and Sustainability through a Data-Driven Approach to Gas Detection the way ahead?

As the gas detection market has matured over the years, a growing number of industrial organizations have invested in high-tech monitoring devices, such as personal and wearable gas detectors, in order to analyze levels of gas exposure and keep their people safe.

These organizations are increasingly taking a “connected” approach to safety by using these devices to ensure field workers and a monitoring team to remain in touch at all times. This connectivity has enabled workers to always have somebody watching over them in order to keep danger at a distance.

As many of these modern devices coming equipped with the most advanced capabilities—such as two-way voice communications, push-to-talk, automatic detection and even close contact alerts amid COVID-19—organizations may feel that they have a comprehensive gas detection program.

If companies, however, are relying solely on hardware to keep their people safe, there are gaps in this approach that may leave workers vulnerable to longer-term threats, such as volatile organic compounds (VOC) exposure.

In today’s landscape, the most advanced, GPS-enabled monitoring devices produce millions, often billions, of data points each day. Those points may include location of workers throughout the day as well as where low-level gas readings are present across a worksite.

In order to implement the most effective gas detection strategy, organizations must also utilize the data produced by their respective devices, as it offers valuable insight that will allow for better, more informed decision making both in the short and long term. In addition to helping keep people safe, using data proactively can also support an organization’s sustainability goals.

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