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gasoline-, propane- and natural gas- (and sometimes diesel-) powered equipment such as an ice resurfacer and ice edger produce exhaust composed of carbon monoxide and/or nitrogen dioxide. Other fuel-powered equipment such as floor sweepers, lift trucks and vehicles idling in close proximity can add to the CO and NO2 levels. The equipment parking area should be monitored for propane or methane depending on whether the equipment is powered by propane or natural gas. Commercial gas detectors are designed to continuously monitor the air in real time and alarm at the pre-defined gas levels, usually referred to as a low, mid and high alarm set point. They may be placed in humid, cold or fluctuating temperatures and dusty or spray-down environments. They are available with different sensing technology types (electrochemical, semiconductor, infrared, catalytic, etc.) that have different sensing ranges, lifespans, resolutions and compensations and are better suited for sensing certain gas types in many different applications. 791930_Simnor.indd 1 Ratings/Certifications and Regulatory Authorities Residential and commercial gas detection devices are regulated for safety and performance by national organizations such as UL, ANSI, CSA and EMC, local and federal building codes, etc. The certification standards differ depending on the type of application. The standards for commercial devices are more complex depending on use, such as non-hazardous and hazardous applications. Failure to use the correctly rated equipment in the correct application could seriously jeopardize the health and safety of people and lead to very expensive legal issues. In addition, there are the regulatory authorities such as OSHA and NIOSH who have established codes and standards for permissible exposure limits to hazardous gases in the workplace and public places, which differ from the standards set out for residential houses. In conclusion, residential and commercial gas detection equipment is significantly different in their functionality, physical abilities, certifications and compliance with local and national codes and standards. Residential gas detectors should not be used in ice arenas because they are not designed to continuously monitor the air, they do not have relays or multi-level alarm functionality and, perhaps most importantly, they are not approved or certified for use in this type of application. It is important to understand what features and benefits the different types of gas detectors offer, where and why they should be used, and the rules and regulations that govern their use to ensure that the health and safety of human lives are protected properly and with due diligence. For suggestions on gas detection systems, indoor air quality monitors and calibration, please visit www.criticalenvironment.com ■ Rebecca Erickson is the Marketing Manager at Critical Environment Technologies Canada, Inc. References * Sensor Insights. The Difference Between Industrial, Commercial and Residential Sensors * Mike Justice, Grid Connect. June 12, 2015 | 43 FACILITY2/2/16 FORUM  8:32 PM http://www.criticalenvironment.com http://www.criticalenvironment.com http://www.simnor.ca http://www.simnor.ca

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Facility Forum - Fall 2016

Industry Watch
Home Run Baseball Hits a Pedestrian
All Granites are Not the Same
Technically Speaking
Risk Management – City Found Not Liable in Skating Injury
Winterizing Pools
Member Profile – Ross Rankin, RA Centre, Ottawa
Use of Medical Marijuana at Work Poses Challenges for Employers
Health & Safety (PSHSA) – Radon - Bill 11 Updates
ORFA’s Original Energy Consultant Writes Memoirs
The Difference between Residential and Commercial Gas Detectors
Energy Champion – Beyond Measurement
Index of Advertisers
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