What Gas Detector Should I Buy?
Is a question we are often asked and the honest answer is, it depends!
For example, its good to ask:
- What am I going to use them for?
- Which gases do we need to detect?
- Do I need to detect oxygen, flammable and toxics?
- How and where will they use?
- What instruments do we already have and do they work well?
- Who will be using them and what is their skill set?
- Do they need regular servicing or not?
- If they do, who will undertake the servicing and maintenance and at what cost?
- How robust do they need to be?
- Do I need the latest connectivity and live data reporting?
- And of course – what is my budget?
Once you have gathered all this information, you can then set out to find he right detectors for you.
Now you might be thinking:
“Even after asking all these questions, I still don’t know. I don’t even know which gases I need to detect – I’m not a chemist. And I certainly don’t know anything about the reliability of all the devices out there!”
So you decide to speak to an expert. But where do you go?
“I know, I’ll pop a question on LinkedIn.
And what do you get back – a whole list of different opinions, advice and sales pitches, leaving you even more confused and disillusioned. – If you don’t believe me, just try it and see what you get back.
Now why is this, well in recent years there has been a steady decline in the knowledge base within most organisations. In an attempt to cut costs and streamline, companies have offered many of their most experiences employees early retirement or redundancy. As a result, manufacturers no longer have a salesforce with application knowledge and users rarely have health and safety professionals with a chemistry or occupational hygiene background to turn to for help. And social media is full of helpful and less helpful, well meaning individuals, who like to answer questions without taking responsibility for the final outcomes.
So is there a simple answer?
Well the content of this web site is designed to help you make wise and informed decisions. Search under the article tag “choosing the right gas detector” and you will find all the articles relating to this subject in an easy to follow format.
And if you don’t get the light bulb moment you are looking for, feel free to contact us. We have ex-product managers, chemists; occupational hygienist with many years of gas testing experience ready to help. (And we are always looking for more to join the team). Simply visit our contact page.