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H2S DETECTOR — WHAT BLACKLINE’S NEW G7 DELIVERS

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H2S DETECTOR — WHAT BLACKLINE’S NEW G7 DELIVERS

H2S EXPOSURE

As we talked about in Part One of our H2S Series, hydrogen sulfide is a fast acting poison, impacting many systems within the body. Wearable gas sensors are necessary for early detection and alerting, as the body’s senses are not reliable indicators. Exposure to low levels of H2S gas within a short period of time will not usually produce adverse effects in a healthy person, though long-term exposure or exposure to high levels of the gas may result in immediate, lasting effects. To keep your team safe, an H2S detector with a fast response time and sturdy construction are important for use in the environments where H2S gas may occur.

THE G7 DIFFERENCE

Traditional gas detectors function similarly to smoke alarms, alerting only the wearer and those in earshot of potentially hazardous surroundings. For gas detectors to deliver maximum value to users, wireless connectivity and live monitoring are crucial enhancements over traditional gas detection equipment. Blackline’s new G7 solution provides encompassing, connected safety monitoring to supplement gas detection, for dangerous environments where H2S may incapacitate or render workers unconscious in no time.

G7 connects employees to Blackline’s live 24/7 monitoring teams, who react instantly when an alert is communicated, providing immediate emergency response when required — should an employee call for help using G7’s SOS latch, a fall be detected, or a gas alert triggered. With connectivity, worker confidence increases in hazardous environments, knowing they are connected and being monitored by real people.

H2S SENSORS

Blackline Safety utilises the industry-standard electrochemical sensor for its H2S detector products, plus carbon monoxide and ammonia. In electrochemical sensors, the target gas undergoes a chemical reaction producing a current inside the sensor that is proportional to the concentration of gas present. A sensing electrode and counter electrode are in contact with and separated by an electrolyte. Gas enters the sensor and interacts with the working electrode where it is either oxidised, accepting oxygen and/or releasing electrons, or reduced, releasing oxygen and/or accepting electrons. The current produced is a direct result of how much of the target gas is oxidised or reduced at the working electrode. Blackline’s electrochemical sensor has a lower detection limit for H2S of 0.5 ppm.

H2S DETECTOR — THE BENEFITS OF LIVE MONITORING

H2S is a gas capable of rendering workers unconscious within just a few breaths at high levels — yet even when a worker can no longer self-rescue, it is not too late. Traditional gas detectors function similarly to smoke alarms, alerting only the wearer and those in earshot of potentially hazardous situations. In addition to a t90 response time providing a gas reading for H2S in 20 seconds, G7 also communicates any H2S detector readings above pre-set thresholds in real-time to live monitoring personnel. Employees who face an incident experience extreme stress. Even when they can’t respond, monitoring personnel can be in constant contact with the affected worker via industrial two-way speakerphone.

REAL-TIME EMERGENCY RESPONSE MANAGEMENT

Following an incident, every second counts. In life-threatening situations, how an emergency response is managed could mean the difference between an optimised rescue and a recovery. When an alarm is triggered, should it be an H2S detector reading or a fallen employee, Blackline’s live monitoring personnel spring into action.

  • 00m 01s: G7 sends a high H2S alarm to the Blackline Live network
  • 00m 02s: Blackline’s live monitoring team receives the H2S detector reading and worker’s location
  • 00m 31s: Voice call is established with the worker
  • 00m 40s: Team member receives voice alert, mustering them to a safe area OR nearest responders are notified and directed to the worker’s location

With G7, rescues are optimised so more lives can be saved.

GAS DETECTION COMPLIANCE AND REPORTING

With G7, all incident and gas detection data is communicated in real-time to the Blackline Safety Network for storage and reporting. Though H2S does not usually create lasting health effects after minor exposure to low levels, continued or prolonged exposure may result in chronic ailments. With G7 incident reporting, areas with persistent leaks can be identified so appropriate safety precautions can be taken.

An H2S detector or personal safety monitor cannot warn of a threatening event if they are not properly used. G7 is an all-in-one solution, cutting down the number of devices a worker needs to carry with them, and constantly tracks usage for reporting. Should an employee neglect to wear their device or use it appropriately, safety managers have the data to follow up with them accordingly.

Though H2S electrochemical sensors are very reliable, it is best-practice to ensure the sensor is regularly bump tested and calibrated to ensure accurate readings. G7 manages all calibration and bump test reminders over-the-air, alerting the using of upcoming due dates so compliance can be maintained. Data is then stored for reporting, communicated to Blackline’s servers. With G7, the tools to manage your fleet and ensure compliance is available in real-time, at your fingertips.

 POSTED BY JAIME SEAMAN

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RED DOT AWARD — G7 GAS DETECTOR IS INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED

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RED DOT AWARD — G7 GAS DETECTOR IS INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED

Blackline Safety’s G7 wireless gas detector and connected safety solution has been awarded a sought-after Red Dot Award. The expert jury panel, comprised of 39 product designers, professors, architects, ergonomic engineers and other industry leaders, selected G7 as the winner of a Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017 from over 5,500 submissions sent in from 54 countries, for its innovation and design quality.

The Red Dot Awards: Product Design is recognised as one of the world’s most prestigious design competitions, awarding only products that feature outstanding design. Headquartered in Essen, Germany Red Dot initially convened more than 60 years ago to assess the best designs of the day. Since then, the Red Dot jury has been awarding their seal of quality for exceptional products of the year. Manufacturers and designers around the globe entered their products in the 2017 competition and were judged on degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics, durability and overall quality of design.

 

“THE RED DOT WINNERS ARE PURSUING THE RIGHT DESIGN STRATEGY,” SAID PROFESSOR DR. PETER ZEC, FOUNDER AND CEO OF THE RED DOT AWARD. “THEY HAVE RECOGNISED THAT GOOD DESIGN AND ECONOMIC SUCCESS GO HAND IN HAND. THE AWARD BY THE CRITICAL RED DOT JURY DOCUMENTS THEIR HIGH DESIGN QUALITY AND IS INDICATIVE OF THEIR SUCCESSFUL DESIGN POLICY.”

 

DEFINING THE WIRELESS GAS DETECTOR OF THE FUTURE

Industrial work for employees can be risky. Many organisations use a personal gas detector to monitor for toxic or combustible gases, but they are traditionally disconnected and cannot call for help. With G7 a new level of personal safety is defined — as the world’s first wireless gas detector with 3G wireless, two-way speakerphone and live monitoring, G7 provides comprehensive safety coverage for even the most hazardous working conditions. With constant connectivity, every incident is communicated and managed in real-time, allowing teams to deliver optimised emergency responses tailored to the situation.

 

“THE HALLMARK OF ANY GOOD DESIGN IS ONE THAT ENABLES USERS TO DO NEW THINGS WITHOUT THINKING TOO MUCH ABOUT IT,” SAID BARRY MOORE, VP PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AT BLACKLINE SAFETY. “G7 NOT ONLY LOOKS GREAT, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY IT MAKES AN EMPLOYEE’S JOB EASIER BY COMBINING THREE DEVICES INTO ONE — A GAS DETECTOR, A LONE WORKER SAFETY DEVICE AND A COMMUNICATION TOOL. THIS AWARD RECOGNIZES THE EFFORTS OF OUR DEDICATED DESIGN TEAM WHO DEFINED A NEW LEVEL OF PERSONAL SAFETY FOR OUR CLIENTS.”

 

G7 features an exclusive modular design to support customisation that caters to diverse working conditions. Gas detection is customised to teams’ working environments with the choice of field-replaceable single- or quad-gas cartridges, and a selection of gas sensors including combustible gases, oxygen, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen sulfide. G7 solves the old problem of replacing sensors inside a gas detector, traditionally requiring a device be removed from the field for maintenance, with the Blackline Cartridge Replacement Program. Cartridges arrive ready to use and can be easily switched out on-site, increasing product up-time and fleet efficiency without teams having to worry about complex ordering processes.

OUTSTANDING WIRELESS GAS DETECTOR DESIGN MEETS CONNECTIVITY

Should a fall, no-motion or dangerous gas level be detected, G7 instantly connects workers with the Blackline 24/7 Safety Operations Centre, teams. Using seamless 3G or satellite connectivity, G7 gas detectors communicate environmental conditions in real-time directly with Blackline’s teams, who are then empowered to mobilise the appropriate response based on businesses’ pre-determined response protocols. The safety operations teams also leverage wireless gas detection insights to notify responders of possible hazards to be prepared for during emergency responses, should they need protective equipment or respirators— keeping everyone involved informed and safe.

A beautiful appearance is not enough — a Red Dot Award is presented only to those products that help users cope with daily life, to make working environments safer, or to make daily activities more comfortable. The Blackline Live web portal is a core of the G7 wireless gas detector solution — as an alert management tool, the portal serves up all pertinent information needed to deal with an emergency effectively. Available on desktop or mobile, Blackline Live provides easy wireless gas detector management, employee location mapping and alert management tools. When designing Blackline Live, we understood that the people requiring safety solutions aren’t always those wearing the equipment or the ones that are in the field. The people that need and value the safety information are often safety managers, operations teams, industrial hygienists or first responders. Blackline Live is the window they need to get useful, necessary and timely information easily. G7 wireless gas detectors are easily configured through the portal for specific working environments, where alert settings, emergency protocols and calibrations schedules are managed.

THE RED DOT AWARD DISTINCTION

The Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017 will conclude in Essen on July 3, 2017, where, at the Red Dot Gala award ceremony, the Red Dot best of the best laureates receive their trophies. At the subsequent Designers’ Night after-show party, the award winners receive their certificates and celebrate in the midst of all the prize-winning products inside the Red Dot Design Museum Essen. The Red Dot museums, located in Essen, Singapore and Taipei feature past and present award winners from diverse industries and applications. In a repurposed coal mine designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, the Essen museum celebrates the award-winning design and quality of everyday objects. Visitors experience the innovations first-hand, touching and testing the latest inventions alongside historic industrial architecture. For five weeks, the special museum exhibition “Design on Stage” in Essen will present the awarded products of the year as part of the world’s largest exhibition of contemporary design.

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G7 will also be featured in the Red Dot Design Yearbook for award-winning design 2017/2018, coming out on July 3. This international reference presents the year’s winning products and is available online, via the Red Dot App and on the design platform, Red Dot 21. For more information on Red Dot visit www.red-dot.org.

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 POSTED BY JAIME SEAMAN

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LONE WORKER SAFETY — THE PROFITABLE THING TO DO

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LONE WORKER SAFETY — THE PROFITABLE THING TO DO

INVESTING IN YOUR EMPLOYEES

Over the last few decades, developed countries have been part of a concrete legislative and social push toward improving lone worker safety standards for employees in the workplace. Employers are responsible for providing safe and secure workplaces for their personnel.

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) under the U.S. Department of Labor, “Establishing a safety and health program to prevent occupational injuries and illnesses is not only the right thing to do, it’s the profitable thing to do. Studies have shown a $4 to $6 return for every dollar invested in safety and health.”

OSHA also indicates “only about 30 percent of businesses have established safety and health programs. About half of the 95 million workers who would be covered under an OSHA safety and health program standard don’t have that protection today.”

Understanding that every dollar spent offers a return of up to six times the original cost supports the importance of investing in safety.

When safety becomes the top priority, traditional safety programs are maximised and safety monitoring technology is implemented, industry will have done the best it can to ensure that every employee returns home safely each day. Every organisation has the power to make that happen.

Find out how your organisation can reduce costs, save money and learn more about the ROI from investing in lone worker safety monitoring solutionsDownload the infographic today.

POSTED BY KELLY MEYERS | JUNE 21, 2016 | BLACKLINE WORKPLACE SAFETY

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HOW AUTOMATED EMPLOYEE CHECK-IN TECHNOLOGY BENEFITS LONE WORKERS & YOUR BOTTOM LINE

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HOW AUTOMATED EMPLOYEE CHECK-IN TECHNOLOGY BENEFITS LONE WORKERS & YOUR BOTTOM LINE

AUTOMATED EMPLOYEE CHECK-IN TECHNOLOGY

If one of your lone workers fails to check in, how long will it take to find your employee and deliver help—potentially hours after the incident occurred??

In our last few posts we have explored the benefits of three important lone worker monitoring features—Blackline’s True Fall Detection® technology, our man down / no-motion detection technology and SureSafe™ and LiveResponse™ technology.

Our suite of Loner® work-alone devices have an additional, automated feature: automated employee check-in capability. Many of our customers use check-in technology as an additional layer of automation to support fall detection and man-down alert capability in some work-alone scenarios.

But aren’t employee check-ins passé? The quick answer is yes and no. Read on to learn how a modern check-in product feature can differ from old-school processes and increase the value to your organization.

OLD-SCHOOL, MANUAL CHECK-INS ARE COSTLY

Traditional check-in processes require all lone workers to periodically cease their work and manage a check-in. Your businesses must balance the scheduled interruption with the need for productivity.

These check-ins require the employee to call a co-worker, colleague who is on call, supervisor and even a call center or automated phone system. Regardless of who performs the monitoring function, your business is losing valuable productivity during the time it takes for the employee to check in—both the lone worker and the other party receiving the call. Such manual processes are not acceptable in our Information Age where businesses are required to ‘do more with less.’

One of the more dangerous activities that your lone workers may face is pulling over on a busy road to check in.

MANUAL CHECK-INS ARE INEFFECTIVE

Compounding the situation, manual check-in systems are limited in their capability to efficiently detect an incident. A two-hour check-in respects your business’s bottom line with less frequent interruption but also leaves a large window for risk for lone workers.

An employee working alone—who needs help—may go unnoticed for up to two hours. Your employee could be virtually anywhere on your site or between sites during this two-hour period. How long then will it take to find the employee to deliver needed assistance? When the employee is found, it may only be a false alarm, but then even more productivity is lost.

MODERN CHECK-INS

Lone worker-worn technology eliminates the drain on value delivered by your lone workers and and supervisors while dramatically increasing capability for rapid incident detection, employee locating and response management.

Blackline’s lone worker monitoring devices and iOS / Android smartphone safety app provide a configurable check-in timer that confirms the employee’s well-being according to a regular schedule—and without degrading worker and supervisor productivity.

CHECKING IN

Blackline’s work-alone devices offer employees a couple of options to check in. The first is responding to a check-in request—the Loner device uses an audible, visual and tactile local alarm to call for the employee to check in. Checking in easy and quick—with the simple press inward of the red emergency latch—an action that can be performed confidently without looking.

 

The second option of checking in can be performed proactively, before a scheduled check-in request occurs. Some tasks require full attention. With an early check-in, the employee resets the check-in timer, providing the full amount of time to perform duties without the audible, visual and tactile request occurring until the next scheduled interval.

FAILING TO CHECK IN

A visual, audible and tactile local alarm requests the employee to check in. The default check-in request period provides 30 seconds for the employee to check in. This timer can be configured over-the-air through an update to the device configuration profile within the monitoring account.

If the lone worker is unable to check in before the end of the check-in request period, a missed check-in alert is communicated through wireless communications to the Blackline Safety Network. This alert is distributed to specified individuals within the organization according to the alert profile and the alert is managed by monitoring personnel through to resolution.

AVOIDING TIME-WASTING FALSE ALARMS

We have recently discussed our new Loner M6 Series’ two-way voice communications capability that enables monitoring personnel to communicate with the lone worker directly. This functionality eliminates the expense related to sending out the search team to find a lone worker who has failed to check in manually.

Similarly, our Loner Bridge System for remote lone worker monitoring features two-way text messaging that allows monitoring personnel to communicate directly with lone workers.

SERVER SYNCHRONIZED CHECK-INS

Blackline’s lone worker devices, the Loner M6 Series and Loner Bridge System, each incorporate server-synchronized check-ins. Awareness of the next scheduled check-in exists both within the lone worker device and within the Blackline Safety Network—our core safety monitoring infrastructure.

If an employee’s Loner device is damaged, the battery drains or the device moves beyond wireless coverage, safety monitoring personnel are notified when the employee fails to check in next.

MORE FREQUENT CHECK-INS ARE VIABLE

Some work alone scenarios feature increased risk and for these situations a more frequent check-in interval may be warranted. But more frequent manual checkins may result in too much of a productivity drain for the lone worker and supervisor.

Blackline’s lone worker devices provide the option of a more frequent check-in without impacting productivity. A check-in interval of 15 minutes is viable, requiring only a momentary button-press to check in.

AROUND-THE-CLOCK SAFETY MONITORING

Blackline’s in-house Safety Operations Centre, and our Alarm Receiving Centre partners in the United Kingdom and Pacific, delivers 24/7 live monitoring of lone workers Worldwide.

CONTACT US

Do you have the right program in place to deliver a real-time, location-based emergency response for your lone workers when a slip, trip or fall occurs?

Let’s talk about how we can help elevate your current safety monitoring program. Connect with us today to book your free demonstration.

 POSTED BY BRENDON COOK | APRIL 12, 2016 | BLACKLINE SAFETY

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First home detention sentencing for health and safety prosecution

 

This article by Duncan Cotterill is a timely reminder to companies that they need to get serious about Health and Safety.  It is not long now till the Government will implement major changes to health and safety legislation, with much harsher penalties available than Mr Britton received.

For the first time, a health and safety prosecution in New Zealand has resulted in a sentence of home detention for the company director.

Mr Britton, the company director for Britton House Movers Ltd, was the foreman on the job on the day of the incident. A house was being moved, and came into contact with a power line. The live power line snapped, and fell on to the roof of the house. An employee used a wooden stick to move the power line into a ditch, out of sight.  They then went on to continue with the house delivery, without notifying authorities of the downed power line.

At the same time, a local farmer was moving his sheep out of a nearby paddock.  Some of the sheep walked into the ditch and were electrocuted, as were two of the farmer’s dogs. The farmer himself narrowly avoided being electrocuted, being pulled back by his assistant when he was reaching out to one of the dead sheep. They then chased down the house-moving convoy, and called the authorities.

The full sentence was four months’ home detention for Mr Britton and a fine of $60,000 for his company. It was noted that this fine was reduced significantly, because of the financial situation of the company. 

With the upcoming changes to health and safety legislation, which provide for much higher penalties than are currently available, this sentence could mark the beginning of more severe sentences generally.

Disclaimer: the content of this article is general in nature and not intended as a substitute for specific professional advice on any matter and should not be relied upon for that purpose.

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Lone worker solutions don't have to be expensive and they save lives.

Work Safe NZ recently highlighted a situation in the Hawkes Bay where a company has been fined for not taking all practicable steps to ensure their workers safety.  The waterproofing company were fortunate the outcome was not worst, with the worker luckily escaping any serious or long-term health effects. 

Had the worker been wearing one of Direct Safety's Man down units, an effective emergency response would have been staged within minutes of him collapsing.

Don’t be blasé about toxic fumes and confined spaces

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Waterproofing company Gunac Hawke’s Bay Limited has been fined $33,750 and ordered to pay reparation of $2,500 after one of its employees was overcome by toxic fumes.

The worker was applying a bitumen-based product called Novaglass rapid primer to the inside of a grain silo at an egg farm near Hastings at the time of the incident in April 2014. He was wearing a respirator, but did not have a solvent filter available and so used a dust filter. That meant he was exposed to the toxic solvent fumes.

The worker spent more than six hours working by himself on the silo, and was found unconscious and unresponsive on the bottom of the silo near the end of the work day. He was taken to Hawke’s Bay Hospital where he was diagnosed as suffering from the toxic effect of carbon monoxide and “other gases, fumes and vapours”. He was discharged later that same day.

Gunac Hawke’s Bay pleaded guilty in the Hastings District Court for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure that its employee was not exposed to the hazard of working with solvents in a confined space. The company was charged under sections 6 and 50 of the Health and Safety in Employment Act.

WorkSafe New Zealand’s Chief Inspector Keith Stewart says working with toxic chemicals in a confined space is inherently risky.

“Gunac Hawke’s Bay had not trained its employees in working in confined spaces and did not have an operating procedure for such work.

“The company’s director admitted that maybe he had “got blasé about the health and safety” because he had experienced staff and Gunac had a good health and safety record. Well, you can’t afford to get blasé when it comes to working with hazardous chemicals – especially in a confined space.

“In this instance the worker in question escaped without serious, long-term health effects – but that was more a matter of good luck than good management,” says Keith Stewart.

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Blackline’s New Safety Operations Center Delivers Around-The-Clock Confidence

One of the keys to an effective emergency response is the person at the end of the phone.  Blackline have taken steps to stay ahead of the competition with an inhouse managed Safety Operations centre.

To complement its suite of Loner employee safety monitoring solutions, Blackline GPS, a leading manufacturer of connected safety products, launched a new, in-house 24/7/365 Safety Operations Center. Now monitoring over 2,000 lone workers across Canada, this service manages an immediate emergency response to the precise location of an employee in distress.

“During a safety incident, the employee’s outcome depends upon the quality of emergency response management,” said Kevin Meyers, Blackline’s COO. “Blackline is in the best position to provide this capability as we already design, manufacture, and deliver service for leading safety monitoring solutions. This logical step forward is part of Blackline’s program to better serve customers by expanding our suite of services.”

Traditional call centers that monitor employee safety often also provide answering services, telemarketing, IT help desk, and technical support. Blackline’s Safety Operations Center is exclusively focused upon employee safety monitoring, staffed by professionally trained monitoring agents who also offer expert product knowledge. With 24/7/365 availability, safety alerts are managed from receipt through to resolution by following a customer’s unique emergency response protocol. Unlike many other players in this space, Blackline is able to direct local emergency responders to the employee’s location by accessing the network of 9-1-1 services across Canada.

The Blackline Safety Operations Center incorporates state-of-the-art infrastructure including redundancy of power supply, communications, computing, and other services. Safety alerts are responded to in an efficient manner and all calls are recorded for quality assurance. In order to provide comprehensive monitoring services to customers, Blackline is able to respond to situations with real-time translation of over 200 languages.

Blackline’s broad Loner safety monitoring portfolio empowers organizations in all industries and geographic locations with real-time safety incident awareness to deliver help within minutes instead of hours or days later. Blackline’s technology can make the difference to an employee’s outcome by directing an immediate response to the individual’s precise location.

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