August 29, 2011 | Mark Paradies

Monday Accident & Lessons Learned: OPG SAFETY ALERT – UK HSE ISSUES GAS DETECTOR SAFETY ALERT

From a recent OPG Safety Alert …

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OGP Safety Alert

HSE ISSUES GAS DETECTOR SAFETY ALERT

Country: UK – Europe

Type of Injury: Confined Space

Health and Safety Executive – Safety Notice

Hazardous Installations Directorate – Offshore Division

Bulletin No: HID 3-2011

Issue Date: 23 August 2011

Target Audience: Offshore, Gas and Mining Industries & users of Status Scientific portable gas detector type ‘Mentor PGD2’

Key Issues:

This alert is to warn workers using a Status Mentor PGD2 gas detector that some of them may be giving false readings due to software configuration. None of these gas detector should be used until its software and configuration has been verified.

Introduction:

This Safety Notice is being issued as a result of investigations by the Health and Safety Executive into the Status Scientific Controls portable gas detector type Mentor PGD2. This instrument is intended to be used for the protection of personnel entering or working in an environment where there is a possibility of flammable or toxic gas being present.

Background:

Tests by the Health & Safety Laboratory (HSL) on behalf of HSE and discussions with Status Scientific, the manufacturer, have determined that the low battery voltage cut-off setting may be incorrect in some instruments having an older version of software.

This older software may allow the instrument to continue to remain active when there is insufficient power for it to work accurately. In this case the indicated measurement may be below the actual gas concentration in the sampled atmosphere and the alarm may not be activated when the actual gas concentration reaches the alarm set-point.

Corrective Actions and Recommendations:

No Status Mentor PGD2 gas meter should be used until it has been verified that the correct software version is installed and that the low battery alarm point is correctly configured in accordance with the instructions provided on the Status Scientific Controls website: www.status-scientific.com/software-downloads.cfm

General note:

Please pass this information to a colleague who may have this Product/ Equipment or operate this type of system/process.

Source Contact:

UK Health & Safety Executive

Further information:
Status Scientific Controls,
Hermitage Lane Industrial Estate,
Kings Mill Way,
Mansfield,
Nottinghamshire
NG18 5ER

Tel: 01623 651381
http://www.status-scientific.com

safety alert number: 239

OGP Safety Alerts

http://info.ogp.org.uk/safety/

Disclaimer

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this publication, neither the OGP nor any of its members past present or future warrants its accuracy or will, regardless of its or their negligence, assume liability for any foreseeable or unforeseeable use made thereof, which liability is hereby excluded. Consequently, such use is at the recipient’s own risk on the basis that any use by the recipient constitutes agreement to the terms of this disclaimer. The recipient is obliged to inform any subsequent recipient of such terms.
This document may provide guidance supplemental to the requirements of local legislation. Nothing herein, however, is intended to replace, amend, supersede or otherwise depart from such requirements. In the event of any conflict or contradiction between the provisions of this document and local legislation, applicable laws shall prevail.

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