Bravo Target Safety to outfit emergency response personnel with Blackline Safety wearable technology

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Bravo Target Safety has partnered with Blackline Safety to leverage the safety and connectivity of Blackline’s G7c emergency response management, cloud-hosted safety portal and business analytics software.

The partnership makes Bravo Target Safety the first company in the world to use G7c for industrial turnaround projects.

Blackline Safety's G7c wearable safety device uses 3G cellular networks to wirelessly connect front-line workers, often working alone, to live monitoring centres. Automatically detecting gases (including hydrogen sulfide, oxygen, carbon monoxide and explosive gases), injuries and other hazards, G7c accounts for employees’ wellbeing and whereabouts in real-time.

Safety incidents are communicated to 24/7 live monitoring personnel who can mobilize responders to the employee’s exact location or trigger an evacuation. Two-way voice calling, constant connectivity and real-time alerting provide situational awareness to efficiently manage emergency responses.

Lloydminster, Alberta-based Bravo Target Safety has operational bases located throughout Alberta, B.C. and Saskatchewan. Its services include turnarounds/shutdowns, emergency response, hydrocarbon firefighting and well control. The company said it will deploy 250 G7c devices in a first phase of the partnership.

Previously, gas detection was limited to simple monitoring devices with basic capabilities. With G7c, workers will benefit from real-time safety features including two-way communications, gas alarms, fall detection, no-motion detection, scheduled check-ins, GPS location technology and a manual SOS latch, said the company.

“We are committed to keeping our teams safe when working on maintenance projects,” Kevin O’Brien, Bravo Target Safety CEO, said in a statement. “When we set out to connect our personnel using safety technology, we quickly identified G7c as the most innovative solution of its kind on the market.”

Wealth of data

G7c technology also helps Bravo Target Safety work more efficiently, the company said.

“Beyond the potential to save lives, G7c generates a wealth of data for analysis. For example, it reports the location of low level gas readings to the Blackline portal, which traditional monitors failed to capture. This information enables decision-makers to quickly see where leaks may be occurring, highlighting the need for remediation. With this intelligence, our clients may pre-empt hazards and avoid unnecessary expenditures – or worse – inadvertent employee exposures,” said O’Brien.

“Our new, highly competitive energy economy requires businesses to find innovative ways of increasing efficiencies. While our G7c device has redefined what’s possible on the wireless gas detection and connected worker fronts, for the first time, it also connects customers’ safety and operations goals together,” added Sean Stinson, vice-president of Sales and Product Management at Calgary-based Blackline Safety.

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