Leveraging Connectivity in Area Monitoring for Full Worksite Visibility
Area monitors are the latest safety technology to join the cloud-connected digital transformation.
Connectivity is pervasive across our personal and professional lives, and it is now an expectation of industries to maintain instant connectivity. While the safety industry has traditionally been slower to adopt new technology than consumers, we’ve seen this trend take hold across safety programs in personal gas monitors, lone worker devices and other technology designed to make sure workers arrive home safe each day. Area monitors are one of the remaining technologies that have yet to incorporate instant cloud connectivity.
The majority of industrial worksites face the threat of gas exposure, which can endanger the lives of workers and compromise the project at hand. Area gas monitors help by continuously evaluating the safety of jobsite environments to safeguard against gas exposure that could become deadly. Strong, reliable connectivity supports ubiquitous and dependable communication between area gas monitors and employee-worn gas monitors that continuously move throughout the facility and site. Additionally, connectivity provides the gateway to relay data in real-time to cloud-hosted software for storage, organization and reporting. These innovative functions enhance safety across worksites to make certain that all workers arrive home safe at the end of each day.
What is Area Monitoring?
Area monitors are temporary or semi-permanent gas detection units that are designed to monitor hazardous gases across an entire worksite, providing additional point of monitoring that complement employee-worn gas detectors. These devices are portable and protect workers by providing a perimeter of safety for a number of scenarios, including tank farms, fence lines, oil spills, confined spaces and facility shutdowns or turnarounds. Unlike traditional wearable gas monitors, area monitors are not classified as personal protection equipment (PPE). Rather, they crucially expand the concept of employee protection to an entire facility or site.
This article originally appeared in the June 1, 2020 issue of Occupational Health & Safety.
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