This year's WWEM environmental monitoring conference and exhibition, primarily targeted at the water sector, is set to feature a new gas detection zone.

Traditionally focusing on environmental monitoring, the event will now also highlight airborne industrial hazards and risk assessment across all industries, with the participation of the Council of Gas Detection and Environmental Monitoring (CoGDEM).

Hazards include accidental exposure to low oxygen levels in confined spaces and to toxic, flammable or explosive gases.

Products will be displayed by Alphasense, BOC, BW Technologies, Clairair, Crowcon, Cryoservice, Draeger, Gas Data, GfG, GMI, GSS, Honeywell Analytics, Infratec, Ion Science, JMS, Linde, Quest Technologies, RAE Systems, Sensidyne, Shaw City, Sperian Instrumentation, STG and Trolex.

WWEM organiser Marcus Pattison said: 'The main objective of the new gas detection zone is to provide visitors with access to all of the available technologies for both portable and fixed gas detection and monitoring.

'Experts will be available to demonstrate the equipment and to offer technical help and advice, and this will be supported by a comprehensive range of workshops covering subjects such as calibration, SIL [Safety Integrated Level] and safety and technologies such as electrochemical sensors, NDIR, PID, Ion Mobility and catalytic gas sensors,' he added.

Leigh Greenham, director of CoGDEM, said: 'Water industry workers who need to enter culverts, drains or sewers must follow the Confined Space Entry Regulations, which inevitably means checking the atmosphere using portable gas detectors.

'However, almost every manufacturing, processing or storage industry also has confined spaces that workers occasionally need to enter, so the display of suitable gas detectors at WWEM will give visitors the opportunity to see how best to protect their own staff and comply with the regulations,' added Greenham.

Following the same format as previous events, WWEM 2010 will take place over two days at the Telford International Centre on 10-11 November.

Entry to the exhibition and workshops will be free (saving a daily admission fee of GBP20) to all pre-registered visitors, who will also be entitled to free onsite parking and free lunches and refreshments on both days of the event.

In addition to the water sector, visitors to WWEM will include anyone with an interest in gas detection from almost any industry and particularly those with confined space, leak detection or poor ventilation issues.