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Intrinsically Safe Lone Worker Protection System

Rocksure Systems : 15 October, 2010  (New Product)
The Sonim XP3 Sentinel EX2 from Peoplesafe is designed for use as a lone worker protection device in explosion risk areas such as on oil platforms
Intrinsically Safe Lone Worker Protection System
Peoplesafe has added a new product to its portfolio, which is aimed at workers in areas where there is a risk of explosion.

The Sonim XP3 Sentinel EX2 is the only intrinsically safe lone worker phone with man down motions sensors. Using the phone or pressing the red alert button is safe in an Atex Zones 2 and 22.

Its launch comes as the oil and gas industry is being warned about its safety record by the Health and Safety Executive.

The new phone has been designed to withstand extreme temperatures and water and has a highly durable shell to meet the demands of harsh working environments. The man-down motion-sensor within the phone is triggered if the phone falls, tilts or is stationary for a prolonged period of time, which will raise an alarm if the employee is unable to do so themselves.

The phone can be operated in Atex Zones 2 and 22, allowing lone workers to use the phone in areas that can be at risk from explosion triggered from gases and dust. Explosive atmospheres can be caused by flammable gases, mists or vapours or by combustible dusts. If there is enough of the substance, mixed with air, then all it needs is a source of ignition to cause an explosion.

Ian Johannessen, managing director of Peoplesafe, said the phone was the only product on the market with all these capabilities, making it ideal for use in potentially explosive environments, such as oil rigs, petrol stations, distribution centres, chemical plants, and gas and oil pipeline areas.

"Worker safety is vital to any employer and when you are operating in extreme environments you need to be able to rely on your equipment.

"Combining the Sonim with the Peoplesafe 24/7 monitoring centre will give peace of mind to both employee and employers that a professional response service is available if required."

The phone also has an online GPS tracking facility, which can typically locate a lone worker to within a few metres. Peoplesafe can also supply employers with real time tracking allowing them to see on a map where their employees have been, and where they are, at all times.

It is the only system on the market that meets the exacting British Standard 8484 code of practice with intrinsically safe Atex Zone 2.

The product takes its place in Peoplesafe's growing line-up of simple and lightweight lone worker safety devices that fully comply with the standard.

Other devices include the award-winning Identicom, a discreet alarm disguised as an identity card holder that can locate and listen in during an emergency, and the Sonim XP3 Sentinel, the world's most rugged mobile phone.

Although no workers were killed offshore in 2009/10 there were 50 major injuries reported, up 20 on 2008/09 and higher than the average of 42 over the previous five years. These statistics are probably only the tip of the iceberg in regard to injuries that occur in the industry.

The figures prompted the HSE's head of offshore division Steve Walker to fire off a warning to the oil and gas industry.

He said: "This year's overall health and safety picture is simply not good enough. The industry has shown it can do better and it must do in future."
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