Frequently Asked Questions

The sales team at Electrogas Monitors have complied a list of frequently asked questions and provided the answers (with supporting documents) to help you better educate your staff on our products and services.

Q. Why is it necessary to bump test my monitor prior to each use?

A. Before starting work that involves exposure to an atmosphere that may contain a flammable or explosive gas, the atmosphere should be tested with a combustible gas meter. It is extremely important that the meter provides accurate measurements and is fully functional. Click HERE for supporting documentation from OH&S.

Q. How do I perform a bump test without a docking station?

Click HERE to download step-by-step instructions for performing a manual bump test of your monitor.

Q. Is there a way to track my daily bump tests in case I get approached by safety personnel or my supervisor?

Click HERE to download a Bump Test tracking sheet. Electrogas Monitors also have Bump Test Log Books available, please contact us if you wish to receive one of these log books.

Q. How do I perform a bump test using my BW MicroDock II System?

Click HERE for printable step-by-step instructions for using the MicroDock II system, or to view our Online Training Videos, which covers docking station procedures.

Q. Who is the Electrogas Monitors representative for my area?

A. Electrogas Monitors have representatives that cover all regions within Alberta and Saskatchewan, visit our contact page or Download Our Contact Information

Q. Why does my monitor go off, even when I know there are no gases present?

A. There are a number of factors that can lead to your monitor moving off zero. The first being a drastic or sudden changes in temperature or pressure. The technology of the sensors within your personal gas detector may cause some fluctuation when this occurs. The second problem can be sensor poisoning or exposure to cross-reference materials. An article released by BW Technologies that explains a common source of poisoning can be Downloaded Here

Thankfully, if your monitor does move off zero due to any one of these factors, you can perform a fresh air zero to reset the sensors. Instructions for completing a fresh air zero can be downloaded for both the GasAlert MicroClipXT and the GasAlert Quattro or you can once again view our Online Training Videos for a complete look into the operation and maintenance of your monitor.

Q. My monitor is calibrated to methane, is that my only option? Is it the best option?

A. First off, No, methane is not the only option for calibration of your gas detection equipment. However, it is the most common combustible found in our work places. An article released by BW Technologies, Found HERE , discusses the best practices when selecting a calibration gas mixture.

Q. My Draeger monitor is giving me and numbered error code, what does that code mean?

A. A complete list of the Drager error codes and what they represent can be found HERE

Q. What is the best recommended practice for cleaning my BW gas monitor?

The care and maintenance of your gas detection monitor is very important. The proper procedure should be followed in order to ensure that any products or materials being used to clean the monitor are not going to affect the performance of the sensors. For more information regarding what materials have been determined to negatively affect sensor performance Download the following document.

In support of this document BW Technologies by Honeywell released a proper cleaning procedure that can be downloaded here .

Q. There is alot of talk about new LEL sensor technology (IR), is it truely better than what I currently use in my gas detection equipment?

In early 2014, with the release of a new monitor into the industry there has been a lot of discussion about Infrared LEL sensor technology and the benefits and drawbacks that it has. Obviously when dealing with different technologies there are many pros and cons to both side of the equations. There has been a number of papers published with information regarding both types of sensors and the situations that each should be used in.

OH&S published a great document comparing both the catalytic bead and infrared LEL senors in a number of examples. That document can be found here.

In addition BW Technologies by Honeywell has published a number of papers regarding their new SureCell sensor technologies as well as a discussion about the technology behind each of the sensors they manufacture.

SureCell Technology Introduction.

Sensor Discussion.