There is an invisible killer affecting the UK workforce that kills over 4,000 people in the UK every year. The name of this killer - Respirable Dust. Hundreds of thousands of individuals in many different industries are working every day in high dust environments, and therefore are at risk of inhaling potential health damaging toxins, most notably silica. While regulation is being tightened with the aim of improving these working conditions, it is the fear of legal claims that is now, finally, focusing the attention of managers, boards and shareholders.
So how do organisations tackle this problem? Without immediate visibility of the quality of the working environment it is an impossible task. Made even more difficult by having to strike a balance between making sure employee wellbeing does not have a negative impact on performance, productivity and a good working environment.
Existing Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is the obvious approach - providing dust masks for example. But these can impact performance and many employees, when questioned, would most likely prefer not to wear a mask if there is no health risk. Then there is the associated costs of continually having to provide PPE, and in an economy that is under pressure to drive efficiencies and minimise expenditure, more investment is unlikely to be received as a favourable strategy in the boardroom.
Real-time Dust monitoring
How can managers be expected to determine the appropriate levels of dust suppression or create the right working environment without real-time monitoring of hazardous dust levels?
Thankfully, through the use of real-time dust monitoring technology organisations no longer have to run the risk of jeopardising employee health. Instead they can invest in the long-term wellbeing of employees through accurate and immediate information about the levels of dust in hazardous working environments, and by doing so they can also improve efficiency and the bottom-line performance of the business.
Real-time dust detection sensors
Organisations can supply their workforce with highly accurate continuous dust monitoring that requires no pumps or filters. Dust detection sensors that operate independently as warning devices, or as part of a dust-suppression-on-demand system, facilitate a smart system of worker protection and dust-suppression. Combined with a wide range of wireless, portable and transportable gas detection packages, as well as machine, pump, ventilation and general condition and environmental monitoring systems, modern technology can be used to provide organisations and employees with a complete safety and efficiency control scenario.
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