AFC International Blog on Gas Detection, Air Monitoring and Respiration Equipment

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This is a blog on providing tips and news on toxic and combustible gas detection instruments, air sampling technology, air monitoring and respiratory equipment.


August 2015 Newsletter: Carbon Monoxide - Be Alarmed!
Cooler weather means furnaces are turned on, plant doors shut and a rise in carbon monoxide poisonings. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas this is virtually impossible to detect by the human senses. It is produced by incomplete combustion processes such furnaces, small gasoline powered engines and poorly tuned forklift propane and gasoline engines or from forest and structure fires. The toxic effects of low levels of CO include headaches, dizziness and nausea. At high levels (500 ppm and up), confusion, cyanosis, angina and asphyxiation can occur. In the lungs the CO molecules take the place of oxygen molecules and bind themselves to red blood cells (hemoglobin). This binding is very strong and does not allow oxygen molecules to attach, thus oxygen cannot be sent into the body. Asphyxiation quickly takes place.

The Silent Killer - Carbon Monoxide
Information about carbon monoxide and the detection of CO

AFC International Review of the Sensit HXG-2D Gas Leak detector
Jim Seneczko from AFC International Inc. reviews the HXG-2D leak detector from Sensit and explains how and why you should use one. Jim also explains the differences between a traditional combustible gas detectors sensor and the MOS sensor in the Sensit HXG-2D.

IAHMR 2014 Indiana Hazardous Materials Conference
Indiana Alliance of Hazardous Materials Responders Conference, Oct. 24th and 25th

Rae Systems Wireless Systems
Rae Systems, a Honeywell company, has a fantastic whole plant wireless gas detection solution. Video linked will give you a quick view of some of the capabilities of their system which includes portable, semi portable and fixed point gas and vapor detection devices.

Explanation of Commonly Used Chemical Sensors
Quick review of common chemical sensors used for gas and vapor detection for hazmat, safety and health, industrial hygiene, and environmental applications. Strength and weaknesses compared to AccuSense chemical detection system.

Quantitative Fit Testing, Pass or Best Fit?
Quantitative fittesting of respirators on workers is important to any respiratory protetction program, however is meerly passing the objective or should we as safety professionals provide the best fit?

Introducing Rae Systems' MiniRAE 3000
Once every while, AFC International gets excited about a new product that came out recently. Today we want to highlight one of these products, Rae Systems' MiniRAE 3000. There is more information located in AFC's catalog. (http://www.afcintl.com/rae-systems-minire-3000-portable-pid-voc-monitor.aspx)

The Time is Now for Rae Systems Wireless Gas Detection Systems
Rae Systems ProRae Guradian wireless gas detection system is it a good solution? Simple and easy to set up to get real time workplace gas and vapor hazard detection. New QRae 3 and MultiRae along with ToxiPro, MiniRae 3000 and AreaRae's are supported.

Price is price, right? What about my gas detection support and training?
It is important to get proper training and support along with that great price on your gas detection instruments. Support should start prior to the purchase so that proper instrumentation is used in the field. Improper use of incorrect instrument for the application can result in critical life and death consequences.