California employees who are required to work in enclosed spaces need safe air to breathe. In many cases, they will have access to a gas monitoring device to ensure they know exactly what the atmosphere is like in that location. Often, those monitors will have pumps attached to them. The pumps take air out of an enclosed space and transport it back to a remote location for analysis.
While this may keep a worker out of harm's way, it doesn't actually improve the monitor's ability to detect hazardous gases. Regardless of how it is used, it can only detect gas that it comes into direct contact with. Furthermore, the use of a pump may make the detection equipment heavier and use more electricity, which may reduce its run time.
This could be a disadvantage to those who may need it to work properly for 12 hours or more per day. When using a pump, it is important to give it time to do its job. Generally, it will take about two seconds per foot of tubing for the gas to get to the sensor itself. From there, it will take about two minutes for the final results to be revealed.
Employees who are exposed to unsafe working conditions may have a higher risk of getting sick on the job. Although workers' compensation is typically associated with workplace injury accidents, it covers occupational diseases as well. People who have gotten ill as a result of exposure to toxic materials might want to have the help of a lawyer when preparing and submitting a claim for benefits.