Real-time monitoring and instant alerts of environmental changes are a critical element of modern hazardous industrial and mining operations.
New technology like mobile ‘connected’ devices, which can be used by individual operatives, or static equipment that can be hooked up to a wider network to report on changes or potential risks to safety, have undoubtedly improved the health and safety aspect of hazardous industries.
But with so many environmental elements to monitor and with the increasing need for separate monitoring equipment, the costs of providing 360-degree safety in hazardous environments can easily spiral and cause budgetary pressures on operations.
As an example, many organisations are now juggling personal gas detection with fixed gas detection, wireless gas detection, as well as dust, temperature, vibration and airflow monitoring.
Each of these elements require the initial cost of purchase for the equipment, plus the on-going cost of consumables and replacements – along with the general maintenance expected during the operation lifecycle.
Then, of course, there is the added challenge of hooking all of these diverse systems together to provide the full, real-time overview now required.
Dealing with the pressure of multi-environment monitoring
The next stage in the development of hazardous industrial and mining safety is the implementation of a single environmental solution that provides a single source of information and management across the entire operation.
Enclosing these separate environments and substance monitors into a single platform will prove extremely valuable in reducing the cost of acquisition and driving down ongoing financial costs, as well as the administrative burden associated with managing multiple supplier relationships, and creating different maintenance cycles.
It will also provide much better control and improve the ability to understand evolving hazards and, critically, the information required to support the on-going investment strategy.
Integrating mobile and static technology, along with monitoring multiple environmental factors at once has become completely essential to meet safety regulations in hazardous environments but it has also increased the financial burden of equipment costs and the on-going maintenance costs associated with it.
Operations need to put more focus on finding better solutions to hazardous environment monitoring without the costs, and the wider supplier sector needs to do more to provide better equipment without lumbering managers with high costs over equipment and project lifecycles.
The new thinking enabled by total cost of ownership focuses on the investment of individual products to considering the costs associated with plugging together multiple disparate environmental control systems. To learn about leveraging lower cost consumables and increasing replacement cycles, download our eBook: