Detecting Vocs In A Refinery
Detecting Vocs In A Refinery

Oil and Gas

Gas detectors and Leak detectors for the Oil and Gas industry, for workforce, workplace safety and the environment.

The oil and gas industry poses many potential risks to the workforce, workplace and the environment. Hazardous gas emissions are prevalent during production and processing operations with exposure to benzene being a significant concern.

Benzene is commonly found throughout the industry as a constituent of crude oil however, it is extremely hazardous and a known carcinogen. Legislation has been put in place to ensure worker exposure is kept to a minimum.

With over 30 years of knowledge and expertise within the oil and gas industry, we understand the need for fast, accurate, reliable gas sensors and instrumentation. In fact, we are the only company in the world to offer a complete portfolio of personal, handheld and fixed benzene detectors.

Our range of oil and gas PID solutions are designed specifically to meet customer requirements and offer the very best detection capabilities available. All of our PID technology incorporates patented Fence Electrode Technology, with the ultimate resistance to humidity and contamination for reliable performance within the harshest working environments, minimising drift issues and maximising the uptime of your instrument saving both time and cost to your business.

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Everything you need to know about Offshore Gas Monitoring

Our Application Articles are available to download below, they provide you with key information on the exposure limits and the locations of where potentially harmful gases can occur within your application and share information on the gas detection monitoring techniques and equipment that can help you manage gas detection in the workplace.

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Oil & Gas Applications

Fence Line Monitoring


ION Science can help refineries to monitor the fence line of their facilities for concentrations of benzene and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Continuous area monitoring for airborne toxic or noxious gases can protect worker and site safety inside a perimeter.

According to EPA (Method 325) the regulatory objective of refinery fenceline monitoring is to manage benzene and eventually other toxic VOCs. The primary risk factor is the supply of breathable air and dangers presented by toxic gases.

Confined Space Entry


When your workers enter confined spaces, you want the confidence that comes with ION Science gas detection equipment, that your operatives are protected.

ION Science instruments detect common toxic gases and use their own MiniPID gas sensor to signal the presence of VOCs to keep workers safe during entry or rescue operations.

ION Science solutions help you meet regulatory requirements.



Spills of crude or refined petroleum products will always require prompt and professional attention with a response appropriate to the scale of the spill and the material to be controlled.

First responders will require personal protective equipment (PPE), which might be as simple as footwear, gloves, and eye protection, or as comprehensive as a full Hazmat (hazardous materials) suit with breathing apparatus.

Determination of the level of protective clothing required for a specific incident will follow an assessment of the specific petrochemical products to be dealt with. Portable gas detectors are an important part of this assessment.

Specific hazards are presented by spills due to the uncontrolled release of toxic and carcinogenic aromatic hydrocarbons including benzene, toluene, and xylene. Further hazards may be presented by chemical dispersants, which may release noxious compounds including hydrogen sulphide (H2S), which is recognised by its ‘rotten egg’ smell and is very poisonous.

For rapid determination of volatile organic and total aromatic compounds the Tiger range of VOC detectors is the ideal choice. Utilising patented photoionisation detection (PID) technology, the instruments are immune from the effects of humidity, giving them a distinct advantage in spill situations. The Tiger range of instruments measures TVOCs rapidly and accurately, providing essential information in spill management.


For personal protection, workers may be fitted with a Cub wearable VOC detector to provide assurance that individual exposure remains within limits, or enable appropriate after care if limits are exceeded.



Protect your workers and your surrounding communities against high concentrations of toxic gases and VOCs with the flexibility of ION Science gas detection equipment.

ION Science monitors are proven, intrinsically safe, and can be used in harsh operating environments anywhere around the rig. ION Science gas detectors can also provide you with continuous monitoring to improve safety and streamline compliance.



Fracking is the process of drilling into the ground to release gas from inside rocks. Pressurised fluids are used to create fractures.

Although fracking is arguably emitting less carbon dioxide than coal, it still has its effects on the environment.

Gas detection instruments are used to prevent lost time injury, illness and occupational fatality.

Plant Shutdown and Turn-around


Shutdown and maintenance are important periods in the yearly cycle at many facilities. Anything delaying the programmed activities can be a cause of significant cost as well as inconvenience, whilst also always ensuring optimal safety during plant and refinery turnarounds.

ION Science’s range of fixed and portable gas detectors can help you maximise turnaround efficiency, reduce downtime, and get back to production quickly.

Gas Detectors and Leak Detectors for the Oil & Gas Industry

Cub 10.6 eV Personal VOC Gas Detector

Cub 10.6 eV personal VOC gas detector is worn within the breathing zone to detect volatile organic compounds, keeping you safe within your working environment.

Falco Diffused – Fixed VOC Gas Detector

Falco Diffused, Fixed VOC Gas Detector is ideal for detecting VOCs and TACs in areas such as refineries and petrol chemical facilities.

Falco Pumped – Fixed VOC Gas Monitor

Falco pumped instruments are ideal for detecting VOCs and TACs in difficult locations such as underground or in confined spaces.

GasCheck G Handheld Helium Gas Leak Detector

Designed for the search and location of gas leaks, the GasCheck G handheld helium gas leak detector provides you with effective detection of almost any gas or gas mixture.

Tiger Handheld VOC Gas Detector

The Tiger handheld VOC gas detector is a revolutionary portable PID instrument for rapid, accurate detection of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Tiger LT Portable VOC Gas Detector

The Tiger LT portable VOC gas detector is an entry-level, portable instrument for fast, accurate detection of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Tiger Select Portable Benzene Gas Detector

Tiger Select is a portable benzene gas detector with two operation modes for rapid detection of benzene and Total Aromatic Compounds (TACs) providing accurate, reliable data.

Titan Benzene Specific Gas Monitor

Titan fixed benzene specific gas monitor provides continuous detection for plant and worker safety in petrol chemical environments.

TVOC 2 Continuous VOC Gas Detector

TVOC 2 is a fixed, continuous VOC gas detector that accurately detects and measures Total Volatile Organic Compounds within industrial working environments.


Industry Guides

ION Science has a wealth of knowledge of gas detection technologies across many diverse industries and applications. This information has been collated into useful industry guides for you to download.

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Benzene related products from ION Science

With work exposure limits so low it has never been more important to have equipment that can detect benzene down to ppb levels.

Cub – Personal Gas Detector

The Cub personal gas detector is worn within the breathing zone to detect volatile organic compounds, keeping you safe within your working environment.

Falco and its Typhoon Technology

Both Falco and Falco TAC are available as pumped or diffused models. All model have Typhoon technology!

Falco – Fixed Gas Detector

The Falco & Falco TAC is a fixed VOC detector that eliminates false readings found with other competing technology and continuously detection Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in hazardous areas.

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