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Confined space air monitors & safety solutions for confined space entry

Confined spaces are partially or fully closed structures (pits, tanks, sewers…) present in many industries. Risks generated because of a poorly oxygenated, toxic or explosive atmosphere are serious and oftentimes cause severe accidents and deaths. Thus  the use of a confined space air monitor and other safety solutions are essential.

confined space air monitor & safety solutions: portable 4 gas detectors and self rescuer masks

CONFINED SPACES

A confined space is a partially or totally closed structure that has not been designed to be permanently occupied by workers. Operating inside (confined space entry) must remain exceptional: during their construction, their servicing (particularly while cleaning) or their maintenance (periodical checking, repair).

Application areas

  • Waste water treatment : chlorination, ozonation
  • Crawl spaces, sewers, drains, pipes
  • Mines, long and thin galleries
  • Cisterns, tanks, containers
  • Wells, sinks, pits, silos and cellars

CONFINED SPACE ENTRY

Major confined space hazards

The majority of accidents – oftentimes severe or lethal – that occur during confined space entries are due to oxygen deficiency, presence of toxic gas or vapor and explosion or fire. Thus these are the first hazards to monitor while forecasting an intervention on this kind of site.

  • Asphyxia, anoxiaor hypoxia : temporary or definitive lack of oxygen that can lead to death
  • Intoxication: intoxication is due to inhalation or absorption of a toxic substance (hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide) which can cause death
  • Explosion and fire: presence of flammable combustible gas (natural gas, butane, propane, hydrocarbon vapors) or dust can trigger fire and explosion

Risk prevention for confined space entry

It is highly recommended to organize in advance the practicability and the required prevention means before any confined space entry. In addition to classic PPE (helmet, gloves, safety footwear, boots…) it is prescribed to use a 4 gas confined space air monitor (combustible gas, oxygen deficiency, carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulfide) and to have a self-rescuer respirator for emergency evacuation…

CONFINED SPACE TRAINING

Any worker – such as construction workers, HVAC technicians or firefighters – who can potentially work in a confined space environment need to receive proper confined space training, depending on the risk level of their activity.

Confined space awareness courses are elaborated so that learners understand more about safe work practices, suitable gas monitoring equipment use, and to teach what the regulations sates regarding work safety.

Thanks to local training (like OSHA confined space training in the USA, CATEC® training in France, and different confined space certification in other territories), workers evolving in these environments have knowledge of their legal responsibilities under confined spaces regulations and other related legislation. They also understand how to prevent and react to various risks. Once trained, workers are aware of the dangers of working in confined spaces and understand the importance of implementing appropriate control measures and necessary emergency procedures.

Our confined space entry equipment

The most commonly used confined space air monitor is the 4 gas confined space meter which simultaneously monitors combustible gas (methane), oxygen (O2), carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S). For emergency evacuation, wearing a self-rescuer respirator remains essential!

The Radius BZ1 is a high performance area gas monitor. As it is made with rough materials, it suits in the most demanding ATEX standards and the harshest environments.

  • Industrial scientific area gas monitor Radius BZ1 for workers safety

Area gas monitor – RADIUS BZ1

The Radius BZ1 is a high performance area gas monitor. As it is made with rough materials, it suits in the most demanding ATEX standards and the harshest environments.

Industrial scientific area gas monitor Radius BZ1 for workers safety
  • Detection of combustible gases, Cl2, CO, H2, H2S, HCN, NH3, NO2, O2, SO2 and VOC.
  • Duplicate 108 dB audible alarm and red & blue LED visual alarm
  • Runtime: 168 hours without pump (7 days) and 84 hours with pump
  • Dimensions: 29 x 29 x 55 cm – weight 7.5 kg – 11.2 cm LCD display
  • Available with optional LENS wireless technology
Additional information

Designed in an impact and weather-resistant polycarbonate alloys housing, the Radius BZ1 area gas monitor is an extremely flexible solution to monitor a clearly defined area or a confined space. Moreover, the Radius BZ1 area gas monitor is equipped with the DualSense technology and is available with optional LENS Wireless technology.

 

DualSense technology uses two sensors of the same type to determine the concentration of a target gas in the atmosphere and reduce the risk of instrument failure while improving gas reading accuracy.

 

LENS is the first wireless gas detection solution that allows personal monitors and area monitors to communicate gas readings and alarms with one another. Thanks to the 360-degree gas path and all-weather sensor use, the Radius BZ1 area monitor can accurately detect gases regardless of environmental conditions and avoid false alarms.

 

The special nature of this gas detection area monitoring device lies in its SafeCore® module. This unit concentrates every critical technology pieces such as software, pumps and sensors. this module can be easily removed to be placed in any base in order to have a smaller fleet of instruments, easily dock it on a socking station – to download data logs and alarm events, bump test, calibrate and change settings – or to adapt each configuration to changin environment.

 

In case of anormal concentrations, powerful audible (108 dB at 1 m) and visual (ultra-bright blue and red lights) alarms will alert any operator working in the area, even in high-noise and dark environments. Custom alarm action messages like “EVACUATE” or “VENTILATE” can furthermore be configured in case of emergency situations in order to quickly and safely take corrective actions.

 

Lastly, the Radius BZ1 area gas monitor is equipped with a long-duration battery with 7 days (1168 hours) or typical runtime. An optional external extended battery can extend it over one month.

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VENTIS-MX4 portable gas detector that complies with ATEX standards. This detector can detect from 1 to 4 gases with a large range of sensor combinations (Explo 0-100% LEL, O2, CO, H2S, NO2, SO2).

Portable 4 gas detector – VENTIS-MX4 – EXLO, O2, CO, H2S

VENTIS-MX4 portable gas detector that complies with ATEX standards. This detector can detect from 1 to 4 gases with a large range of sensor combinations (Explo 0-100% LEL, O2, CO, H2S, NO2, SO2).

Portable gas detector MX4-Ventis
  • Detection of Explo (0-100% LEL), O2, CO, H2S, NO2, SO2
  • Robust, shock-resistant and waterproof device (IP66 and IP67)
  • Enhanced visibility with safety orange overmold
  • Compact and lightweight: first multigas detector with a single-gas detector size
  • Optional slide-on sampling pump (up to 30 meters)
Additional information

The Ventis-MX4 is a portable multigas detector. Contrary to single-gas detectors, it can detect up to 4 gases. Thanks to its rechargeable Li-ion battery, it can continuously operate during around 12 hours at 20°C ambient temperature. This battery can be replaced by an optional extended battery for up to 20 hours of autonomy without pump.

The Ventis-MX4 portable gas detector can detect up to 4 gases amongst explosive gases, oxygen (O2), carbon monoxide (CO), hydrogen sulfide (H2S), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2). A specific location is dedicated to the explo sensor (catalytic sensor) and the oxygen sensor (electrochemical sensor). A 4 gas unit will basically include oxygen and explo sensors.

The Ventis-MX4 features 3 different alarms. The first one is a powerful 95 dB at 30 cm audible alarm to alert in noisy environmets. A high visibility red LED visual alarm and an ultra- vibrating alarm are added to improve safety. Two alarm levels are configures: low and high alarms – which are basically calibrated under occupational safety at work data.

The Ventis-MX4 portable gas detector also features the same physical properties – dimension and weight – than a single-gas detector. It can be wore close to the breathing tracts thanks to its crocodile clip without disturbing the user. This multigas detector shock-resistant and waterproof thanks to its high visibility polycarbonate-made overmold.

As this device can detect explosive gases, it meets current EU ATEX standards (explosive atmosphere). A sampling pump – VSP for Ventis-MX4 – is available to draw remote samples (up to 30 meters) before interventions – e.g. in confined space.

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The Ventis Pro5 detector is equipped with new features such as a panic button to improve safety of workers evolving in hazardous areas.

Detection of the combustible gases, NH3, CO, CO/H2S, H2S, HCN, NO2, O2, SO2, CO2, HC.

Portable multi gas detector – VENTIS PRO5 – up to 5 gases

The Ventis Pro5 detector is equipped with new features such as a panic button to improve safety of workers evolving in hazardous areas.

Detection of the combustible gases, NH3, CO, CO/H2S, H2S, HCN, NO2, O2, SO2, CO2, HC.

  • Dimensions: 104 x 58 x 36 mm – weight: 200 grams without pump
  • Audible (95 dB), LED visual (2 red and 2 blue) and vibrating alarms
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery with optional extended battery
  • Polycarbonate housing with waterproof rubber overmold (IP68)
  • Datalogging over 3 months with 10 seconds interval
Additional information

The Ventis Pro5 multi gas detector was especially designed to silmutaneously detect up to 5 gases among the combustible gases, NH3, CO, CO/H2S, H2S HCN, NO2, O2, SO2, CO2 and HC.

 

This flexible detector features a panic button to alert nearby teams when user is in distress. It also features a mandown alert function which is set to activate after a defined period of time without motion.

 

In case of anormal concentrations, powerful audible (95 dB à 10 cm) and visual (ultra-bright blue and red lights) alarms will alert any operator working in the area, even in high-noise and dark environments.

Custom alarm action messages like “EVACUATE” or “VENTILATE” can furthermore be configured in case of emergency situations in order to safely and quickly take corrective actions.

 

Made of polycarbonate with protective rubber overmold, this gas detector is available either in black or high-visibility safety orange versions and can be combined with the VSP slide-on pump. Its integrated data logger can record up to 3 months of events. Water and dust-resistant (IP68), the Ventis Pro5 can be used in pumped version for use in confined spaces or without pump as a personal protective equipment.

 

The Ventis Pro5 portable multi gas detector also features the LENS Wireless technology. LENS is the first wireless gas detection solution that allows personal monitors and area monitors to communicate gas readings and alarms with one another. This way, panic and mandown alarms will be communicated to other Ventos Pro detectors operating in the same area in order to alert everyone on the hazardous situations.

 

Lastly, the Ventis Pro5 benefits from the iAssign® technology for site and user follow-up. Thanks to this enhanced technology, every data recorded by the device will be assigned to the user ID. This process allows amongst other things users to wear several gas detectors within the same working day.

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The M20.2 is the world’s smallest emergency escape breathing device (or EEBD). Compact, lightweight and ergonomic, it can be easily belt-mounted.

  • emergency escape breathing device M20.2

Emergency escape breathing device M20.2

The M20.2 is the world’s smallest emergency escape breathing device (or EEBD). Compact, lightweight and ergonomic, it can be easily belt-mounted.

emergency escape breathing device M20.2
  • On use / stand-by duration : 15-20 minutes / 32 minutes
  • Donning time : less than 10 seconds.
  • Compact and lightweight: 18.3 x 16.5 x 7.9 cm – less than 1 kg.
  • Can be refurbished after use.
  • Compressed oxygen air supply.
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