Safety in Industry
OIL and GAS
There are few industries as demanding as off shore drilling and exploration, indeed it is known as a major hazard industry. The Oil and Gas environment calls for serious safety considerations. Not only are there physical dangers from mechanical operation or airborne particles, but there are also the ever present threats of gas, explosion, hydrocarbons and noise.
For these reasons, anyone working in the Oil and Gas industries needs to have access to suitable PPE and Safety products. The majority of all Safety Equipment used in such areas should be ATEX certified - from the French (ATmosphere EXplosible).
Many safety and communications products such as Personal Mobile Radios and Peltor Ear Defenders are available in ATEX models.
Further to PPE equipment in many areas it may be necessary to test for toxic or inflammable gases, hence top quality and dependable gas detection equipment is a must.
The construction industry used to be considered extremely hazardous but developments in health and safety and best practices have made it far safer than previously. However there are still many dangers and sensible precautions should be taken.
See per the The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. Personal Radios are a popular form of on site collaboration, protective headwear is obligatory and face masks and eye protection should be worn in most instances to protect the wearer from flying debris.
Data Centers may not be the first workplace that comes to mind when thinking about safety at work but workers have to tolerate incessant low level noise which can lead to hearing loss. Hence many data centers have adopted the MSA or 3M Peltor ear defenders which not only provide suitable attenuation levels but also ( in some models ) allow headset to headset communications or music listening whilst at work.
Typically the noise levels in data centres reach around 80-90 decibels - and this is continuous - as regulations stipulate that any sound levels exceeding 85dB require protection then it is the dity of the employer to provide suitable
AGRICULTUREAbout 360,000 people work in agriculture, or 1% of the total workforce, yet the sector is responsible for 20% of all fatal accidents at work..
Clearly Agriculture is an industry which needs to look at its working practices, one of the issues being that at many times workers may be alone in remote locations. For his reason it is recomended that some form of additional communications devices be used such as personal radios. Further, protective glasses will protect the eyes from floating or high speed particles - which are a common hazard in many agricultural situations.
Education should not be considered a hazardous pursuit. However security is important in the school/ college area as is the facility for distanced communications over a scattered area. For this reason many educational institutions make use of licenced personal radios for internal communications. These are push to talk and independent of mobile networks. They can be useful in coordinating security for staff and students as well as purely logistical processes.
Just as in education, the hotel and leisure industries often require focussed event logistics and temporary communications networks. Personal mobile radios can be set up with ease and via repeater stations create a wide zone of coverage. Hotels often have to manage the deployment of multiple staff members over a larger area and find that the facility to set up call groups over personal radio networks very useful for management.