What’s the right gas monitor for you?

This issue came up this week in one of the safety discussion forums I participate in.

Someone asked which gas monitor others in the group would recommend and people just started throwing out the names of the gas monitors that they are currently using and like or dislike. I finally had to say something and probable made a couple of enemies in the process but I couldn’t just sit there and not answer the question properly.

This is what I posted:

“Don’t mean to be contentious but I always have a problem with people just recommending a gas monitor without asking some basic questions first. You need to make sure that you have the right monitor for the right application.
What is your application? How often are you going to be using it? Where are you going to be using it? Is it for confined space applications? Are you comfortable calibrating it yourself? Are you the only who’s going to be using it or will it be used by several people? Etc… There are a number of questions that need to be answered in order to make sure that you get the right monitor. There are about 2 dozen excellent 4-Gas monitors out there with a dozen manufacturers that’ll all swear that they’ve got the best monitor but the key is to let your safety distributor know the specific application and usage. If they are any good they should help you find the right one. What works for someone else isn’t necessarily the one that’s going to work best for you so make sure you find a distributor who’s going to investigate a little before recommending.”

The bottom line is, if your purchasing a gas instrument and your distributor tries to sell you one without asking a set of questions, then you might end up with a gas monitor that you aren’t going to be happy with. More than likely that distributor has got a spiff going or needs to meet a certain quota to get special pricing or something like that; or they just aren’t very good at their job. Either way, you probably need to find another safety distributor.