We hate to sound like an annoying teacher, but did you know the average employee will bump test only once every 52 days – that’s once every 7-1/2 weeks? Additionally, did you know that untested monitors expose users to potentially dangerous environments that result in many deaths every year?
So, what is a bump test and why does it matter? A bump test, which takes only 30 seconds, is the process of subjecting a sensor to a known concentration of gas to validate that the sensor is responding properly. This test – though quick and easy – plays a vital role in keeping your crew safe.
So, why is the average user performing this life-saving test so infrequently? According to a study conducted by Industrial Scientific, three out of every 1,000 gas detectors being bump tested will fail to properly respond on any given day. And that number increases when the interval between testing increases. According to the study, “on average, one out of every 100 gas detectors not bump tested before use will fail to respond and alarm properly to an actual gas alarm event every 25 days.” So, imagine the increased exposure to danger if your crew is bump testing once every 52 days!
Ok, so let’s say your crew bump tested on Tuesday, why should they bump test on Wednesday as well? Job sites often expose our portable gas detectors to harsh conditions, whether that be extreme shock, extreme temperatures, dust, water or mud. All of these conditions have a direct effect on the ability of the equipment to function properly. Bump testing each and every day is the only way to ensure that all calibration gas equipment is functioning properly in your workspace.
Change the Conversation
So how do we bridge the gap for users who are putting themselves and others in harm’s way by not performing these vitally important tests every day?
- Education – This important messaging must come from the top and simultaneously gain momentum as it reaches the average gas detection user. Our team attends training and conferences throughout the year to better our practices and ensure we are always up to date with the latest safety regulations. And we do our best to communicate these safety lessons with the marketplace. For example, watch our Gas Talks video to learn more about the anatomy of a bump test.
- Resources – Allow no room for excuses on the job site by providing your crew with easy access to the right bump testing equipment. Our Bump-It cylinder is light, portable and handheld. Each cylinder is loaded with 30+ bumps and can perform a test in just 30 seconds!
Be sure to influence your crew on the importance of daily bump testing and give them the necessary resources to perform these tests. Once every 52 days is a startling statistic, with potentially devastating impacts. Be smart, be safe.
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