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On average two people die in the US every day as the result of incidents that take place within confined spaces. In many cases too, it is not just the victim who is at risk, but the rescuer or first responder who may be unaware of the hazard they are about to encounter.

Teams operating in confined spaces within hazardous industrial buildings or process facilities understand all too well the importance of adhering to strict health and safety regulations.

The hazards can be physical or atmospheric in nature – from the risks of asphyxiation or entrapment to exposure to extremes of temperature or the release of toxic chemicals.

A new app-based multigas simulator technology, specifically designed for use in confined space settings, is scheduled for release in late summer 2018, in attempt to deliver an enhanced level of realism for industrial HazMat training scenarios.

The use of simulation technology for chemical warfare agent (CWA) training is already well established. The ability to transform a mobile phone into a look-alike gas detector was to prove especially practical (and budget-friendly) for high-hazard industrial organizations and municipal responders. And using mobiles offered some additional and unexpected benefits in that it enabled field exercises to take place in any location.

The newest addition to Argon’s simulation technology portfolio has been devised for specific use within the training environs of confined spaces and multi-level buildings. The device will offer HazMat instructors the flexibility to simulate specific levels and concentrations of gases, whether these be in the form of a gas escape or a dangerous device (or devices) concealed within a building, according to argonelectronics.com.

It will also be highly configurable to enable instructors to select the use of either single or multigas sensors within their training scenarios.

The hardware will be identical to that currently available for CWA training and toxic industrial response training. It has also been configured to interact with existing hand-held gas detection simulators, to provide an enhanced level of realism and a more focused training experience.