COVID-19 is changing the way many people work, as well as safety regulations and practices within industries. Companies are trying to find the best method for implementing safety for their employees and the workplace, including COVID-19 response plans, especially in the gas detection industry. The additional safety measures can present more challenges. Here are a few tips for creating a COVID safe workspace.
Cleaning Gas Detectors
Since gas detectors are implemented in breathing zones for working personnel and are sometimes shared by more than one person, it’s a good idea to apply routine cleaning and sanitizing to your detectors. But since detectors are sensitive equipment to certain chemicals, you have to examine the weaknesses of chemicals for your device. Most commonly, wiping it with a bleach and water solution of about 50 parts water to one part bleach as suggested by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Hand Sanitizer and Gas Detectors
Sensors used within gas detectors have high reactivities to alcohols found in hand sanitizers. Knowing how to safely use hand sanitizers with your device(s) can help prevent instrument malfunctions. Best practices state to apply and thoroughly rub the sanitizer in, then wait about five to ten minutes before touching the monitor. This ensures any residue from the sanitizer is also not transmitted.
Remotely Bump Testing Monitors
Bump testing is a very important maintenance mechanism for gas detectors and must be performed before use. But, testing becomes problematic when workers are working remotely. A trick has been created to ensure the process continues by using a regulator or bottle of gas, tubing, and a cap or calibration cap for the monitor. It is also recommended to place the instrument in its “bump test” state to ensure all sensors have passed the test and not just relying on the audible alarm and preventing confusion with exposures. Companies can also purchase compact bump test cylinders, designed specifically for remote bump testing, to make operations easier.
Chlorine Dioxide Detection
Chlorine dioxide has become a popular disinfectant for COVID-19 but can be toxic at low concentrations. Companies using this type of monitor must be extra careful to maintain worker safety and should create a routine calibration plan to make sure sensors and detectors are functioning properly.
Social distancing has become a highly recommended method to prevent the spread of the disease. Docking stations are usually grouped together in communal areas and may need to be relocated if you wish to implement this guideline. If you choose to relocate your stations, make sure there is still access to power outlets, possible ethernet access if needed, and new regulators and bottles of calibration gas for stations clustered together.
Due to the uncertainty of the coronavirus, gas detection companies should prepare for extended regulations and procedures to maintain environment and worker safety. These changes can become confusing and difficult to adjust to, so lean on DOD Technologies to help you along the way. Not only do we provide a variety of portable and fixed gas detection systems for your needs, but assist you with any questions or concerns.
Having more than 150 years of combined instrumentation and application knowledge, DOD Technologies is prepared to offer its expertise and solutions for your toughest requirements while keeping you, your employees, and equipment safe.
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