Choosing the best gas detectors for your needs is only one part of designing an effective gas detection program.
You also need to consider how communication, data collection and emergency alerts are sent and received. It’s critical to have visibility between your workforce, safety team and senior management.
In this post, we’ll highlight tools you should consider when creating or enhancing your gas detection program.
1. Use smart gas detectors to improve safety
Companies have been told they need to improve communication ever since the first employee feedback survey was sent out.
Informing your team of an upcoming staff lunch is one thing, but communication when working in hazardous environments is critical.
Industrial Scientific is the industry leader in this space with their line up of:
Here’s how smart gas monitors improve safety:
Every member of your team can assign a device to him or herself for the day. They can track who used the device before them and the working conditions at the time.
Your team can connect the monitors to create peer groups. Monitors will share work conditions and send notifications to group members. If gas is detected or someone is in trouble, the network sends an instant alert to workers in the area.
You can further increase communication using iAssign®.
Any connected gas monitor using iAssign will display:
- who is in trouble
- the situation, and
- where the alert is coming from.
If a worker presses the panic button on their device, other personal and area monitors will display a visual and auditory alert.
This level of communication will not just improve your workplace survey results, it can have meaningful change for the safety of your team.
2. Make informed decisions with real-time alerts:
If you’re reading this, chances are you’re responsible for worker safety.
This can be challenging on the best of days, but there’s an added degree of difficulty when managing lone workers.
When lone workers encounter a threat – whether it’s a gas hazard, dangerous weather or a medical emergency – they cannot rely on nearby help.
You have to make the right decisions and have the most up-to-date information available to provide support as they need it.
iNet Now® live monitoring gives you a virtual window into a lone worker’s worksite. You can receive text, email and on-screen notifications the minute a worker needs you.
Thanks to iNet Now, you can:
- see who is in danger
- know what happened
- pinpoint their location, and
- dispatch help.
You can pair iNet Now with any worker’s Ventis Pro 5 Multi-Gas Monitor to receive automatic transmissions of real-time gas reading and activity alarms.
- On-Site Workers: Connect workers anywhere on your site, including basements, with the RGX® Gateway RGX Gateway uses cellular, WiFi and Ethernet connectivity options.
- Off-Site Workers: Connect off-site or lone workers to a central safety contact with the TGX® Gateway, which has cell and satellite connectivity. TGX Gateway is ideal for remote locations where cell service is not reliable.
You can now have the technology to protect workers and provide support where needed regardless of the type of emergency or worker location.
3. Speed up gas monitor repair time:
Automation is one of the greatest qualities of life in the 21st century. We’ve automated thankless tasks to improve our personal lives – Roombas for vacuuming, mobile apps for cashing cheques and self-adjusting thermostats for pure comfort all the time.
Yet, when it comes to work we still glorify the overworking mentality.
You can change that by using iNet Exchange. It automates the way you service your gas detectors.
Every time you dock your monitor, the station reviews its performance, sensors, circuit board, microprocessor and pump.
The station can tell you if the monitor needs to be replaced soon and will submit a request for a replacement monitor automatically before it breaks down.
Now you can spend more time managing your gas detection program and less time repairing gas detectors.
4. Show off your hard work (A.K.A impress your boss and get a raise):
So far you’ve connected the dots that:
- improve safety
- give you visibility into off-site jobs and lone worker assignments, and
- reduce equipment downtime through automation.
This is the final dot you need to connect. The dot that shows off your hard work, impresses your boss and earns you a raise.
The final dot is called iNet Control and it is a gas detection management software that allows you to manage hazards, alarms and behaviours, and create reports.
You can report on bump test and calibration trends, see when alarms are set above the recommended value and improve compliance by identifying who isn’t bump testing regularly or who repeatedly enters areas with high alarm activity.
iNet Control allows you to spot trends, interpret data and make educated assessments that reduce risk and save your company money.
You can produce customized reports that focus on areas that matter most to your business. You can also show how your gas detection program has improved based on historical data.
Now go get that raise, you deserve it!
Improve your gas detection program:
There are a lot of options available to improve your gas detection program, we’ve only outlined a handful of them here.
Different elements can improve aspects of your gas detection program, but the real value comes from connecting all the dots together. You’ll improve communication, reduce hazards that could cause serious illness or death, and reduce expenses and downtime which saves your company money.
Contact our team at Levitt-Safety today to learn more about any of the products mentioned in the post.