Environmental Monitoring

MSHA Approves Draeger Gas Monitors

September 16, 2010

The X-am 5000 and X-am 5000 HC provide advanced features for mine safety.

PITTSBURGH /PRNewswire/ -- Draeger Safety Inc. announced that the U.S. Department of Labor, Mining and Safety Health Administration (MSHA) has approved the Draeger X-am 5000 and the X-am 5000 HC multi-gas monitors for use in underground and surface mines in the U.S. These advanced monitors measure up to five toxic gases, including methane.

The X-am 5000 High Concentration (HC) gas monitor, with attachable pump, measures methane up to 100% volume, as well as oxygen and toxic gases, including CO, NO2, and H2S. Using the company's patented DraegerSensors, the monitor continuously measures and warns workers when concentrations above 5% volume of methane are present.

"With the current focus on mine safety, there is an increased emphasis on checking areas for potentially high concentrations of methane, above the 5% volume explosive limit," said Rick Wanek, Draeger Safety Inc. Product Manager, Portable Gas Detection. "This is particularly important when checking behind seals, roof bolts, and even the working areas of the mine. Measuring whether methane gas is present in the explosive range of 5%–15% volume or higher concentrations is a critical safety issue. Reliable portable monitors are a key component for miners' to perform safety checks."

Also approved by MSHA is Draeger's X-am 5000 personal gas monitor, which continuously measures and warns workers when harmful concentrations of gases and organic vapors are present. DraegerSensors continuously monitor for methane and oxygen, along with a variety of toxic gases, including CO, NO2, and H2S. Instrument configuration can be customized to meet changing operational requirements.

Among the smallest gas monitors available, both the Draeger X-am 5000 and the X-am 5000 HC provide more than 12 hr. of continuous monitoring, making them suitable for long shifts and emergencies. A data logger records up to 1,000 hr. of exposure for quality, risk, and regulatory compliance. The X-am 5000 HC is recommended for environments with a risk of high concentrations of methane gas.

The advanced monitors have a hard-shell casing, with a shock-absorbing overmold that protects the monitor from water, dust, dirt, and impact. At the same time, precise sensors make it possible to detect explosive hydrocarbons quickly. The sensors also resist fast pressure changes when going into the mines, an important advantage for the mining industry. A bump test station is also available for quick function and alarm testing.

"With the current focus on mine safety, potential and actual dangers must be identified quickly and prevented," said Wanek. "If toxic or explosive gas is present, workers must be warned and given adequate time to leave the danger zone. Reliable portable monitors are a critical component of miners' personal protective equipment."

Draeger X-am 5000 and X-am 5000 HC are manufactured by Drager Safety AG & Co. KGaA.

About Draeger
Draeger Safety Inc. is a leading international company in the fields of medical and safety technology. Draeger products protect, support, and save lives. Founded in 1889, in 2009 Draeger generated revenues of around €1.9 billion. The Draeger Group is currently present in more than 190 countries and has about 11,000 employees worldwide.

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