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G7C HAS ACHIEVED ATEX CERTIFICATION

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G7C HAS ACHIEVED ATEX CERTIFICATION

WIRELESS GAS DETECTOR SYSTEM GOES GLOBAL

With ATEX certification, G7c is revolutionizing the global gas detection industry, providing built-in 3G communication, two-way speakerphone, live monitoring and modular gas detection. Wireless connectivity increases situational awareness, accounting for everyone’s whereabouts — G7c communicates every safety incident and gas alert to live monitoring personnel in real-time, empowering an active and optimized emergency response, to make a difference for an employee who needs help.

ATEX CERTIFICATION — WHAT IS IT?

Under Directive 2014/34/EU, the European Union controls equipment that can be used in environments where there may be an explosive atmosphere due to the presence of gases, vapors, mists or dusts. The ATEX acronym comes from ‘atmospheric explosion’ and is the general term applied to equipment used in Europe and the United Kingdom that is certified intrinsically safe. Intrinsic safety refers to the careful electronic design of a product such that an explosion cannot be triggered by equipment use or a failure within the product.

Blackline’s G7c achieved ATEX certification according to standard EN 60079 and IEC 60079 for use in Zone 0 locations, where an expectation of explosive gases being present for more than 1,000 hours per year is assumed. G7c is now available to clients in over 200 countries, to make a difference and improve their safety programs. Blackline has certified G7c according to CSA C22.2 No. 60079 and UL 60079 standards, enabling use in Class I, Division 1, Groups A, B, C and D locations.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE — TRADITIONAL GAS DETECTORS ARE OBSOLETE

Gone are the days of traditional gas detectors that function like smoke alarms, notifying only the wearer and those in earshot of dangerous gas levels present in the area — potentially leaving the worker alone with no way to reach help. With two-way 3G connectivity and a built-in speakerphone, Blackline’s live 24/7 monitoring teams automatically connect with an employee and can manage a real-time emergency response when required — should they call for help using the SOS latch, a fall be detected, or a gas alert is triggered — delivering an optimized emergency response to their exact location.

Traditional personal gas detector programs have struggled to ensure ongoing compliance and to keep employees safe — G7c sets the bar for the gas detection industry where businesses can see the compliance status of all equipment, in real-time. Every calibration, bump test and all equipment used is summarized in an intuitive, online dashboard and through weekly reporting.

WEB-BASED MONITORING

The Blackline Live web portal provides you the opportunity to configure your G7c devices, manage all your workers and track compliance wirelessly, over-the-air — even when you’re not on site. Every event is communicated in real-time to Blackline’s servers and stored for reporting. Alert profiles are customizable to determine which devices should be notified in the event of an incident and what response protocol monitoring personnel will follow to ensure your team gets the help it needs. Real-time monitoring is complemented by live maps and customized facility floorplans for increased location accuracy and optimized response time.

THE MODULAR GAS DETECTION DIFFERENCE

To cater to the wide variety of hazardous work environments teams face, Blackline’s G7c and its cartridges are Zone 0 compliant and ATEX certified for use in potentially explosive environments. G7c features an exclusive modular design with a selection of customizable, field-replaceable cartridges — choose between a single- or quad-gas cartridge, then select from a range of gas sensors to suit work scenarios, including flammable gases, hydrogen sulfide, oxygen and carbon monoxide. With Blackline’s cartridge replacement program as part of your G7c service plan, never buy a cartridge again — increasing product up-time and ensuring seamless gas detection and safety monitoring while minimizing maintenance costs.

INDOOR / OUTDOOR LOCATION TECHNOLOGY — LOCATION BEACONS

G7c is Blackline’s second device to be certified Zone 0 compliant. Blackline’s location beacons works with G7c as a compact accessory, providing precise G7c positioning signals for areas where GPS signals alone may not be sufficient, such as around or inside complex facilities. For monitoring teams to quickly deliver resources to an employee, facility floorplans can also be uploaded to monitoring accounts and used together with beacons to ensure precise and accurate indoor location tracking in context of a workers surroundings.

POSTED BY JAIME SEAMAN

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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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