Calgary-based Blackline Safety has received North American intrinsic safety certification for its new G7c wirelessly connected worker safety device.
G7c is the only portable gas detector available with cellular connectivity, an internal speakerphone and two-way live voice calling, said Blackline. Should an employee call for help using the SOS latch, a fall be detected—or a high gas alert be triggered—the monitoring team will automatically call the employee, increasing situational awareness and the ability to deliver an optimized emergency response to the employee’s exact location.
The certification offers an industry-first solution for gas detection in oil and gas, municipality, utility, water/waste water, chemical and many other sectors. Employees working in these sectors are required to wear a gas detector as they operate in areas where the risk of exposure to toxic or explosive gases is high.
Traditional employee-worn gas detectors were “disconnected” such that they offered only an audible alarm that the person wearing the device could hear. This often left an employee alone with no way to reach help in a toxic or hazardous gas environment, notes Blackline.
“We have all heard of the situation where an individual in a plant or a facility succumbs to either lack of oxygen or the presence of a toxic gas,” said Cody Slater, chief executive officer and chairman of Blackline Safety. “In too many cases, by the time anyone else is aware the worker is in danger, it is too late. With G7c, we can not only alert others instantly when a worker is in trouble, but direct the right help to them, potentially saving their life. This is what true connected safety means for the workplace.”
To maximize equipment uptime, G7c incorporates field-replaceable gas sensor cartridges. Businesses no longer need to purchase back-up gas monitors to ensure continuous employee monitoring when gas detectors require servicing. Each cartridge ships pre-calibrated from Blackline’s in-house manufacturing centre, making cartridge replacement a quick and easy task in the field, the company said. Single-gas and quad-gas cartridge options meet diverse customer requirements with a broad choice of gas sensors available today and more to be added in the coming months.
“G7c’s unique cartridge-based interface enables customers to select the functionality that meets their requirements while bundling cartridges with their G7c service plan,” Sean Stinson, vice-president, Sales and Product Management, said in a statement. “This approach provides gas detection to customers as a service offering with lifetime replacement of cartridges so they never have to purchase replacement gas sensors again.”