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A confined space is defined as any enclosed area where there is a risk of death or serious injury from hazardous materials or dangerous conditions such as lack of oxygen.
It includes spaces like storage tanks, silos, ducts, vats and combustion chambers.
Where access is required to these spaces, typically workers will use a portable instrument with a pump to extract a sample before entry, and then use the same detector to continuously monitor the environment whilst inside.
Common gas hazards in confined spaces are flammable and toxic gases as well as asphyxiation from oxygen depletion.
SGX Sensortech’s range of industrial gas sensors are ideally suited to confined space entry applications since they provide a reliable and quick response to changes in the atmosphere, while remaining robust and rugged to the inevitable knocks and impacts experienced when climbing into small spaces.