Work, Health and Safety (WHS) is on the high priority list of most organisations, especially those in potentially life-threatening industries like mining, manufacturing and other industrial workers.
Form 2003 to 2014, 3000 Australians lost their lives in work-related incidents, while this year alone, more than 40 workers lost their lives in similar incidents, and many more injured, in just the first four months. Countless worksite hazards including toxic chemicals, combustible gases, moving vehicles and equipment, high platforms and confined spaces have necessitated use of advanced safety measures on-site. This has resulted in the need to leverage Industry 4.0 to continually develop and improve tech-based safety devices, such as wireless, remotely operated gas detectors.
Honeywell Analytics has seen this requirement and has addressed it through their new wireless MicroRAE four-gas monitor, a first of its kind, to enable remote safety monitoring of sites and site-workers.
Honeywell’s new MicroRAE gas monitor operates with all major wireless communications protocols (including Bluetooth, Mesh, GPS and Wi-Fi), allowing real-time, wireless, remote gas monitoring. It provides stakeholders with critical information to off-site stakeholders, ensuring they can act within seconds and prevent potential safety incidents and process malfunctions.
Both the wireless and wired versions of the detector feature Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) capabilities, which are enabled by apps on Honeywell’s intrinsically safe smartphone. These smartphones use a publically available cellular network to push gas readings, location and other data from the detector to Honeywell’s ProRAE Guardian software. Through this software, remotely located safety managers can view information from plant locations in real-time and respond proactively to safety incidents in their earliest stages of development.
The detector boasts of various connective safety features including reduce processing time for calibration and bump tests to 30 and 10 seconds respectively. Additionally, the device features IntelliFlash behaviour, a flashing green light visible from a distance, which indicates the detector has been bump tested and is monitoring correctly.
The gas detector also comes with a Man Down Alarm that essentially uses a motion sensor to track the time it is stationary, and if it is stationary when it shouldn’t be, an alarm is raised. Along with the alarm being shown locally, it is also pushed remotely across the wireless network. This feature could be crucial in lone worker applications so that off-site safety managers can ensure the worker’s safety and act immediately.
Honeywell’s MicroRAE gas detector is a unique product in the market, addressing an ever-so-important safety issue. Embracing Industry 4.0, it offers both extensive connectivity and cost savings with its ability to give wireless capability without wireless infrastructure. Moreover, with the use of the MicroRAE, high-risk industries and lone worker applications become lower-risk and safety culture is not only encouraged, but also guaranteed.
To know more about Honeywell’s MicroRAE gas monitor, please download our whitepaper here.