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Trends in ... instruments and monitors

‘Greater accuracy and speed’

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What are some innovations in monitors and instruments?

“The industry today is seeking greater accuracy and speed when it comes to gas monitoring protocols,” said Robert Kester, president of Honeywell Rebellion in Houston. “The good news is that the technology needed to monitor and track gas leaks is better than ever to help companies keep their worksites safe for employees and help companies meet environmental goals.”

Brendon Cook, chief partnership officer and co-founder of Calgary, Alberta-based Blackline Safety, also points to technology. “Cloud-connected devices are becoming standard as workplaces transform digitally. They can link employees with live monitoring, enable back-and-forth information sharing, collect vital location data, support more informed decision-making and facilitate faster emergency responses. The most innovative devices feature a convergence of capabilities with sensors (for detecting gas, no-motion, falls) and two-way communication features combined within a single, intrinsically safe device.” Smart devices integrated with mobile apps allow access to “training, remote assistance from an expert team, live data from processes occurring around them, inspections and audits, plume modeling, and more.”

Kester said camera systems are part of the technology discussion. “Today, gas monitoring technologies using hyperspectral camera systems can continuously monitor and pinpoint leaks, alerting operators as soon as they happen by visualizing the otherwise invisible gas clouds. By visually identifying a leak, operators can immediately analyze and address the leak, and first responders can know from which direction to approach for maintenance, helping keep people safe and helping companies minimize fugitive emissions.”

In the workplace

What do workers and employers need to know about using instruments and monitors in the workplace?

“Cloud-connected instruments and monitors can better protect workers and mitigate risks through sensors and real-time alerting,” Cook said. “Data generated by these wearables are used in automated reporting that offers insights and fuel better operational performance.”

On a different note, “What’s good for the environment is good for business,” Kester said. “In the past, being environmentally conscious was viewed as an added expense. Today, however, we see that technologies that monitor and measure greenhouse gas emissions are integral to good financial and environmental stewardship.”

Compiled with the assistance of the International Safety Equipment Association

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