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Honeywell Industrial Safety is helping safety managers build enduring cultures of safety in their organizations. This blog aims to provide safety managers with relevant news, opinions and best practices to help them and their people stay safe.

Safety Trends

May 29, 2019

What Does it Take to Create a World-Class Safety Culture?

“Safety cultures consist of shared beliefs, practices, and attitudes that exist at an establishment”, OSHA says. “Culture is the atmosphere created by those beliefs, attitudes, which shape our behavior.”

Some of the world’s safest companies – as recognized by reputable institutions – have managed to create organizational cultures with a strong commitment to worker safety.

How do they do it?

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Hazards & Risks

May 29, 2019

Electrical Safety Training - Enough to Prevent Arc Flash Injuries?

Electricity, what an invention, right? As grateful as we may be for its discovery, we’re also in awe of its powerful destructive ability.

In 2017, exposure to electric current was the sixth most common type of workplace fatality.

Electric shock and burns from contact with live parts are an all-too-common source of injury for anyone whose job involves designing, reviewing or installing electrical systems, including safety managers and inspectors.

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Safety Trends

May 29, 2019

Which Safety Leading Indicators improve Site Safety Performance?

It’s no secret: the construction industry has one of the highest level of fatalities. How do we know? Historical injury rates. However, looking at the past, so we can predict the future is no longer a reliable strategy for 21st century organizations focused on robust safety prediction and control.

How do you gauge the effectiveness of your safety program?

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Hazards & Risks

June 03, 2019

How We Prepare Hearing Protection for Real-World Use

Ask any safety manager and he’ll say that distinguishing high-quality hearing protection from the myriad options available is daunting.

We caught up with Dr. Robert Ghent, Research Audiologist and Manager of the Honeywell Howard Leight Acoustical Testing Laboratory and asked him a few questions on how hearing protection is vetted to guarantee effectiveness in everyday work situations.

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Smart OHS

June 06, 2019

C-Suite Safety Engagement Cuts Incident Rate by 63%, ABC says

Companies whose C-level managers are actively engaged in safety programs witness a 63% TRIR reduction and a 64% DART reduction, according to a new report by the Associated Builders and Contractors.

Leadership commitment is key to create conditions for people to do their work without incidents, the report reads. Leadership also plays an important role in shifting the organizational culture towards prevention. The ABC study highlights prevention and planning as two effective strategies to curb incident rates. And this starts with an analysis of leading and trailing indicators.

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Hazards & Risks

June 10, 2019

Six Actions to Reduce Worker Fatigue and its Costly Consequences

29% of Americans are sleepy at work, or doze on the job, according to sleep.org.

Long working hours, night shifts, time-consuming commutes, zero breaks, sleep disorders – all these factors reduce a person’s ability to perform his/her job safely and effectively. And with the always-on pressure posed by our high-performing culture, it’s no wonder errors, accidents and injuries are prone to happen.

 

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Smart OHS

June 13, 2019

Is Wearable Technology the Solution to Lone Worker Safety?

Lone working happens in a broad range of workplaces and industries – transportation and logistics, retail, sales, social, healthcare, forestry, environment, construction, engineering and others. Basically, whenever there’s an activity that requires working remotely and unsupervised.

In this context, how do know all your people are safe?

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Hazards & Risks

June 17, 2019

How to Develop an Effective Hearing Conservation Program

Our sense of hearing plays an essential role in how we communicate and experience the world, how we stay aware of our surroundings and thus, safe. That’s why, when hearing loss becomes an all-too-common reality, taking its irreversible toll on individuals, businesses and society, organizations need to step in and take preventative action.

In this guide, we will go over the fundamentals required to start a Hearing Conservation Program for your organization. 

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Hazards & Risks

June 25, 2019

Useful First Aid Tips for Workplace Eye Hazards

More than 2,000 people injure their eyes at work each day in the U.S, according to OSHA. And roughly one in 10 of these individuals requires one or more workdays to recover.

That is why proper and immediate treatment of an eye injury is imperative.

So, here are five eye emergency situations and how to treat them correctly.

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Compliance

June 27, 2019

OSHA Revised H&S Standards – Implications for Businesses

OSHA’s 24-year old Standards Improvement Project revised 14 provisions meant to improve employee health and safety.

The scope of the fourth final rule, an initiative which began in 2016, was to eliminate confusing, duplicative, outdated and unnecessary rules in recordkeeping, general industry, maritime and construction standards. The goal? Save employers $6.1 million per year.

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Hazards & Risks

July 02, 2019

How to Avoid Safety Risks While Working in Hot Weather

Hot, lazy days of summer are here. For those of us working in AC-cooled offices, summer is a breeze. However, heat can prove harmful and even life-threatening for people working long hours in direct sunlight or hot environments.

And there's more than a handful. An average of 13.3 million people reported working in extreme heat each day in July 2017, according to this research.

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Hazards & Risks

July 04, 2019

This Fourth, Spark Joy, Not Fires

Happy 4th July! It’s time to light up the sky and start the barbeque, right? Not to spoil all the fun, but did you know fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year?

In fact, more fires are reported on July 4th than any other day of the year.

In 2018, fireworks were involved in an estimated 9,100 injuries treated in US hospital emergency departments, according to the 2018 Fireworks Annual Report

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PPE

July 09, 2019

When to Use an SCBA in Confined Spaces

In April, the US Coast Guard released a Marine Safety Alert on confined space risks and the need for training and emergency rescue procedures. The reminder came after three people were asphyxiated while working in manholes on a mobile offshore drilling unit.

We feel it’s the right time to tackle respiratory selection for the invisible killer inside confined spaces – air—or the lack of. Namely, we’ll debate the “why” and “when” to choose SCBA compared to other respiratory protective equipment when working in these confined spaces.

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Hazards & Risks

July 11, 2019

Forging into the Future of Welding. Still a Dangerous Job?

In 2017, welding fumes have been classified as a Group 1 Cancer-Causing Carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)[1]. This means there is “sufficient evidence in humans” that welding fumes cause lung cancer.

This health hazard affects a significant number of workers. In the US, roughly half of a million workers perform welding activities, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Hazards & Risks

July 15, 2019

How to Prevent Falls When Working at Heights

Fall hazards are the number one hazard on construction sites and nearly half of construction worker fatalities involve falls from height, according to reports.

Why is falling still a big problem? How do we prevent falls and ensure the safety of workers? Here are three common challenges and ways to address them.

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Compliance

July 17, 2019

New OSHA Crane Safety Regulations to Reduce Construction Site Incidents

New OSHA rule revises the way crane operators are trained, evaluated and certified in view of minimizing crane-related accidents.

Some 44 people are killed and 175 injured each year in US crane accidents, according to the Bureau of Labor statistics. This April, crane-related incidents made national headlines.

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PPE

July 22, 2019

Progressive Design for Safe Hard-Working Hands? Yes, Please!

Great design doesn’t necessarily come to mind when talking protective equipment, right? Let’s face it, PPE is not fashion-forward. Its primary role is to protect people from life-threatening hazards. But a team of ambitious product designers managed to create a line of products that exudes both functionality, as well as ingenious aesthetics.

This is the story of how our eye-catching hand protection solutions became internationally-acclaimed, before making it to the shelves.

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Safety Trends

July 26, 2019

Three Hand Protection Trends Worth your Attention in 2019

“Employers shall select and require employees to use appropriate hand protection when employees' hands are exposed to hazards such as those from skin absorption of harmful substances; severe cuts or lacerations; severe abrasions; punctures; chemical burns; thermal burns; and harmful temperature extremes.”

Your probably know this OSHA requirement by heart, right? But what are some of the newest improvements in hand protection that help make your job easier?

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Hazards & Risks

August 02, 2019

Safety Pre-checks and Entry Permits in Confined Space Entry

Confined space environments hide many hazards and are one of the leading causes for occupational fatalities in the US. Some 2.1 million workers enter confined spaces annually and expose themselves to physical and not-so-obvious respiratory hazards that typically plague confined spaces. Since oxygen deficiency, flammable gases and toxic gases are silent killers, knowing exactly what dangers lie ahead is vital for workers’ safety.

Why are pre-entry checks important? Our expert explains.

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Hazards & Risks

August 06, 2019

How to Identify Safe and effective Emergency Eyewash

Our eyes are susceptible to hazards such as flying objects, dust particles, chemicals and vapors or UV light. In a workplace environment, eye protection comes to the rescue - safety spectacles and googles and if the situation requires, face shields or welding helmets.

Yet, despite safety precautions, accidental exposures can still occur. When they do, minimizing the effects relies on immediate administration of the safest and most effective treatment possible.

Read further for tips on how to choose safe emergency eyewash.

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Smart OHS

August 07, 2019

Three Problems Technology Helps Solve for HSE Leaders

Businesses across all industries are increasingly adopting digital technologies across the entire value chain, to re-design processes and workflow systems. 

This megatrend extends to occupational health and safety. Benefits of digitalization in this area include reduced costs, improved HSE practices, and better preparation for inadvertent changes.

Here are three site safety issues HSE leaders can positively influence with technology.

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PPE

August 12, 2019

How to Choose HPDs to Avoid Overprotection

Overprotection is a very real problem. Simply going for the HPD with the highest NRR is not an option. So, what is the best hearing protection for workers? Honeywell’s hearing experts unanimously agree that hearing protection safety should provide optimal protection, proper fit and comfort, and, most of all, be worn at all times when exposed to exceeding noise levels.

More specifically, here is what you need to consider when choosing the right hearing protection tools for your workers and working environment.

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Hazards & Risks

August 16, 2019

Six Myth-Busting Facts about the Welding Industry

The welding industry has been unwillingly subjected to a few fictions, falsehoods and fabrications throughout the years. We’re here to set the record straight with some myth-busting facts about the state of the labor market, the hazards welders face, and the necessary equipment needed to stay protected on the job.

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Smart OHS

August 19, 2019

Use the Power of Data to Stay Compliant And Reduce Incidents

According to the National Safety Council, falls are one of the leading causes of worker injury and death. And they’re often the result of breakdowns in compliance tracking. Fall protection equipment sometimes misses proper inspection for wear and damage, employees may don’t receive the proper training for working at heights, or they may be assigned the wrong equipment for the job.

These are a few of the most common issues affecting worker health and safety. To help solve them, Honeywell has created Safety Suite.

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PPE

August 23, 2019

What PPE Works Best for Wildfire Debris Cleanup?

Megafires are ravaging the US, as well as Artic Canada. Without any doubt, first responder PPE plays a key role in keeping people safe, yet personal protection in the aftermath of a wildfire is as important as the one used to fight fires.

Cleaning up acres of ash and charred debris left after a ravaging fire is a tedious, costly and health endangering process. Left unaddressed, the ruins of burnt homes, littered with materials like asbestos, plastics and pesticide leave their mark on the environment, as well as on rescuers’ health.

Here’s the PPE you need to protect yourself when cleaning up after wildfires.

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Hazards & Risks

August 26, 2019

What to Consider when Selecting Respirators for Mold Cleanup

A lot of injuries and illnesses occur during response and recovery from hurricanes and floods. Common hazards include carbon monoxide poisoning from generators and clean-up equipment, electrocution, falls, lacerations and exposure to mold.

Yes, mold is a big issue. Floodwaters caused by hurricanes create moisture, a perfect environment for mold spores to grow and multiply. And prolonged mold contamination is a source of respiratory problems, such as allergic reactions, asthma, eye, throat or lung irritation.

Here’s how to protect workers involved in mold cleanup.

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Hazards & Risks

August 30, 2019

The Hands-On Guide to Find the Right Safety Gloves for the Job

Viewed collectively, hand injuries take a toll on people and businesses, in the form of lost wages and lost productivity. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there were 100 million days’ worth of lost work in 2016. Thus, proper glove selection plays a key role when it comes to creating a safer workplace, to invigorate employee morale and productivity.

In this hand glove selection guide, we’ll discuss how to select the right gloves for the job by looking at several key aspects.

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Compliance

September 10, 2019

Government Guidance for Safe Fire Ash Cleanup

Destructive and deadly fires ravage California each year, and after-the-fire cleanup efforts aren’t easy either.

Before cleanup operations begin, local and state government emergency policies and guidelines need to be checked for local restrictions, as well as guidance when it comes to disposal of debris, waste water or the safety of cleanup workers. These also apply to ash, soot and fire-decomposition products, known to cause irritation and other respiratory health problems.

So, what are the recommended safety procedures when cleaning fire ash? 

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Hazards & Risks

September 12, 2019

How to Detect Atmospheric Hazards in Confined Spaces

Poor air quality and hazards posed by asphyxiates and toxic gases are some of the most common and deadly hazards faced in a confined space. 

They are usually the by-product of operations such as painting and gas or diesel generators. When found in excess, workers can experience acute issues like headaches, confusion, and unconsciousness. Even in lower levels, workers can experience longer term health effects.

How do we identify them as efficiently as possible before putting people at risk? What tools to use? What sampling procedures get the job done?

Read on to learn from our expert.

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PPE

September 16, 2019

This is What the Future of Safety Glasses Looks Like

More than 20,000 workplace eye injuries occur each year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The good news? 90% of them can be prevented by simply wearing safety eyewear (Source: the American Academy of Ophthalmology).

Yet concerns of discomfort deter workers from doing so. And especially wearers of prescription safety glasses. In fact, the number of vision correction users is steadily growing, with aging and blue screens affecting people’s eyesight.

Avatar OTG was created to address the safety needs of RX wearing individuals, while ensuring comfort, style and high-impact resistance. What are visionary safety glasses made of? Learn here.

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Safety Trends

September 19, 2019

The Safety Brief. News on Regulations, Events and More

Time is precious, so I'm going to be brief.

How about a curated list of the latest safety news? We thought you’d like catch up on industry events, regulatory changes and trending topics, so we’ve curated a list of massively popular headlines from the past month.

Without further ado, these are the top industrial safety news of August.

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Smart OHS

September 23, 2019

Three Gas Detector Technologies that Save Lives

“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together,” James Cash Penney, the founder of JC Penney says . And the force that works for your business growth as hard as you do is an optimal safety plan that relies on a gas detection solution that best suits your needs, we would add.  

Not getting a handle on your risk management endangers your team morale, the respect of your customers and the productivity and innovation.  Here are three gas detection technologies that help you manage gas-related risks.

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Hazards & Risks

September 27, 2019

Five Hand Hazards And Safety Gloves for Automotive Workers

Automotive plant workers risk hand cuts day in, day out. Engine assembly, for example, encompasses tasks such as the fitting of pipes, valves and camshafts, which can put a worker’s hands at risk.

Within a typical automotive plant, risks often vary from one department to another, so there is no one-size-fits-all cut protection.

Below are five hazardous situations examples and the hand glove solutions that should be applied each time.

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Safety Trends

October 04, 2019

FDIC 2020. Why Fire Service Training is a Long-Term Commitment

Life-and-death situations require Superman-type strength, dedication, and courage. Yet mastering the skill set required to save lives doesn’t happen overnight and firefighters know better than anyone how important continuous learning is to their mission.

In 2013, Honeywell launched the first FDIC Scholarship Program to provide deserving first responders the opportunity to attend the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC), the world's largest firefighter training and expo.

Nominate a deserving first responder today and invest in the future of the fire service!

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Hazards & Risks

October 01, 2019

The Unexpected Impact of Footwear on Occupational Health

Musculoskeletal diseases cause more than 22,000 workers to retire early.

In most situations, the impact of lifting heavy loads and repetitive movements are the root causes, but there is a growing awareness of the impact of poor-quality safety footwear on worker health and safety.

Read on to learn more about occupational footwear and its effect on workers' health.

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Hazards & Risks

October 08, 2019

Ten Ways Your Hearing is Damaged at Work

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous occupational noise each year. Noise exposure can lead to hearing loss and tinnitus, two permanent conditions with no known cure. 

When hearing protection is used correctly, it does a great job of keeping workers safe.  However, noise is not the only culprit when it comes to hearing loss. 

Read on to learn about the ways your hearing can be damaged at work, and ways to protect yourself and your workers.

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PPE

October 11, 2019

What PPE Do You Need for Cold Weather?

During hot summer months, safety managers are concerned with managing heat stress. When winter comes, and temperatures go below zero degrees C, workers, and managers face the opposite phenomenon – cold stress.

Cold-related disorders such as hypothermia, frostbite or chilblains can become paralyzing unless safety measures are taken seriously.

Here is how weather-appropriate PPE can help reduce health and safety risks related to extreme temperatures.

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Compliance

October 15, 2019

A Behind the Scenes Look at ANSI Standards Development

Creating hearing protection standards is often a mystery to anyone outside it, but it’s a process worth understanding as all hearing protectors sold around the world need to be tested with methods codified in standards and published by authoritative bodies.

I help draft the hearing protector standards used in North America, which are published by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). And I can help you understand how ANSI standards are drafted and signed off. 

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Safety Trends

October 18, 2019

The Four Layers of Your Total Site Protection

"Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great," John D. Rockefeller said. And finding the great starts with defining it. The company you represent might be a top player in its industry, the balance sheets might look rewarding, and the company’s share trends might be bullish.

But what if an explosion occurred at one of the company’s facilities? How good is your safety plan?

Here's how to achieve total site protection.

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Safety Trends

October 22, 2019

The Safety Brief. News on Regulations, Events and More

September brought in rustling leaves and chilly days, but the new season also kicked off with some interesting safety news. In case you've missed the headlines, here are the most notable safety events and initiative from September.

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Hazards & Risks

October 29, 2019

The Impact of Heat Stress in Firefighter Fatalities

Sudden cardiac events account for approximately 45% of firefighter duty-related deaths in the US each year. This is the highest mortal occupational cardiovascular disease of any professional group, according to the National Institute of Health.

Moreover, for every fatal on-duty heart disease event, there are about 17 nonfatal, cardiovascular events in the US fire service, research shows. Major fire departments experience as many as 12 to 20 chest pain or cardiac hospitalizations per 1,000 persons, every year.

What is the main cause of these health problems? 

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Hazards & Risks

October 31, 2019

Seven Safety Challenges during Oil & Gas Turnarounds

Turnarounds are planned periods of inactivity, when plants or refineries shutdown to get inspected and revamped. Turnaround work can range from simple maintenance operations on a single unit to multi-year modernization plans. 

Despite significant planning, unexpected safety risks may occur in all phases of the turnaround. These additional risks originate from new tools, workers’ unfamiliarity with the site and site HSE rules, simultaneous projects operating together, critical lift, work at height etc.

Seven key areas demand special attention.

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Hazards & Risks

November 04, 2019

What You Need to Know about Respirable Crystalline Silica

Exposure to crystalline silica is a serious, established occupational health and safety issue that many companies are struggling to understand and diminish. 

Why is crystalline silica exposure a severe health and safety issue?

Find the answer to this question and more, in our comprehensive guide to understanding crystalline silica, an occupational safety hazard some companies are still struggling to keep under control.

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Hazards & Risks

November 06, 2019

How to Remain Protected from Falls During Leading Edge Work

Between 1933-1935, 30 workers fell while building the Golden Gate bridge. Construction companies had a grim rule of thumb: one worker fatality for every million dollars spent. Fortunately, 19 of them were saved by a safety net placed underneath and construction did not stop to a halt.

Today, despite innovations in construction techniques, construction work on high-rise buildings is still one of the trickiest, most complex and fraught with risks jobs for construction workers.

Here is how to tackle the unique challenges posed by this type of construction work.

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Hazards & Risks

November 11, 2019

Key Cooling Strategies to Mitigate Firefighter Heat Stress

2,475 thermal stress injuries were reported among firefighters in 2016, according to a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) report.

Find out the most important methods and strategies that support heat stress prevention and heat stress control within the fire service, securing the health of those who protect their communities every day. 

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PPE

November 14, 2019

Top Gas Safety Concerns and Solutions for Cannabis Manufacturers

In the 33 states where cannabis is legal, at least 10 fires or explosions have occurred in the past 5 years at facilities that extract hash oil. At least 19 people have been killed and 126 people injured by hash-oil fires in California since 2014, the DEA reports.

So, the need for gas detection and monitoring systems at manufacturing facilities has become imperative.

Let’s discuss gas detection solutions for this industry.

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