<![CDATA[BLACKRIDGE Solutions - Blog]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:40:49 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Smartphone App for Work Alone Safety]]>Mon, 22 May 2017 15:20:05 GMThttp://blackridgesolutions.com/blog/smartphone-app-for-work-alone-safety
Dedicated devices have been around for a long time and are a great way to offer personal protection to "at risk" employees. However, with the advancement of technology and availability of smartphones, safety apps can offer a new and efficient way of providing protection.

With more and more businesses switching to smartphone technology to keep their staff safe, we take a look at some of the reasons why apps are gaining popularity.

Accessibility
One of the greatest benefits of safety apps is their accessibility. Most people carry their mobile phones with them everywhere they go and would not leave the house without them.

Lone worker apps do not rely on employees having to remember a separate device, or even to keep it charged – which is perhaps the greatest challenge many businesses experience with devices.

Easy to roll out
Lone worker apps can be downloaded straight onto the user’s phone. With very few resources required, roll out can take as little as a couple of minutes to complete.

Range of functionality
There is often a misconception that the functionality of apps is limited. However, apps can utilize all of the functionality of a smart device, which in reality is some of the best technology available on the consumer market.

With technology advancing rapidly, apps are a great way to offer the best technology solution at no extra cost.

For example, the Loner MOBILE app offers accurate GPS tracking, timed sessions, two-way audio, a range of panic alerts as well as the ability to be paired with the Loner DUO to provide No Motion alerting capabilities.

Always up to date
Another great feature of apps, is the ability to be developed remotely. When operating systems roll out updates, apps can utilise any new technology and provide updates of their own. And all the user is required to do is update the app from their phone.

Low cost
Because apps do not require any equipment, the cost is low for the business. The cost of running apps is also low as most apps are designed to use very little data. Plus, there are no additional costs or down time due to breakage and servicing.

Wearable options
In some work environments, the ability to wear a device is more suitable for the type of work being carried out. If working on a one-to-one basis or at height, a wearable device provides a secure, accessible and discreet way to access panic and check-in functions.

Recent developments in technology have meant that apps can now be paired with wearable devices to for those that need it.

The Loner MOBILE app provides the user a quick, easy and discreet way to check in or send a panic alert. Employers can choose to equip all app users with a Loner DUO, or "pool" it among a group of employees.This is especially useful for businesses who have a diverse workforce, where staff perform differing roles.

Pairing an app with a wearable device enables all staff to be monitored under one system, with some using the app from their phone and others through the wearable device. This also helps to contain costs as dedicated or wearable devices, which can be expensive, need only be purchased for those who need it, rather than the whole workforce.

Protecting remote staff via satellite
The most advanced of lone worker safety apps can also utilise satellite connectivity. Under normal circumstances, apps and devices both rely on signal to send alerts and location data. However, of course, there are remote locations around the world that are unable to provide even the most basic connection. Pairing your smartphone with a satellite hub or using an app on a satellite phone allows the most remote of employees to keep in touch, and to be monitored on the same system as other staff.

You can find out more about these and other leading work alone safety solutions at:  www.BlackridgeSolutions.com or contact us at (778) 686-5799 or info@blackridgesolutions.com
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<![CDATA[Autism Wandering/Elopement: New Study - Mortality & Risk]]>Mon, 03 Apr 2017 22:48:04 GMThttp://blackridgesolutions.com/blog/autism-wanderingelopement-new-study-mortality-riskPicture
A new study released today by the National Autism Association (NAA) highlights the risk of injury and death related to missing persons with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), specifically those who wander or elope from safe environments.

The study, Mortality & Risk in ASD Wandering/Elopement, found that nearly a third of reported ASD missing person cases related to wandering/elopement from 2011 to 2016 in the United States ended in death or required medical attention. The study was based on over 800 media-reported missing person cases in the U.S. over a six-year period involving individuals with an ASD.

According to the study, accidental drowning was responsible for over 70% of lethal outcomes, followed by fatal traffic injury. Injuries or trauma in the sample ranged from minor scrapes and bruises to non-fatal traffic injuries, near drownings, dehydration, and physical/sexual assaults post elopement.

Lori McIlwain of the National Autism Association says these findings likely underrepresent the issue of wandering/elopement and its associated risks. "It's very likely these cases are happening at a much higher rate than what's being reported."

Even so, lethal outcomes occurred at a rate of about once a month on average in 2011 to about two to three times a month on average in 2015 and 2016. "What we're seeing now is different from what was happening early on," she says. However, she cautions it's still too early to tell whether there is an increase in lethal cases, or if better reporting or other factors are playing a role.

Children 5 to 9 showed the highest number of deaths, while children under 5 faced the highest lethal risk with cases ending in death nearly 60% of the time. McIlwain noted that even though younger children faced more risk, the average age per year for lethal outcomes increased for most years of the sample period. "We are seeing more fatalities in teens and adults, so it's important that all age groups and their caretakers have resource options for both prevention and response."
A disproportionate risk was also seen among black individuals with ASD, as well as a higher lethal risk for females on the spectrum.

Individuals were under various types of supervision at the time of elopement with non-parent supervision accounting for 45% of cases. Times of transition, commotion and stress increased elopement risk, and those who were noted to be upset or agitated showed a higher risk of abruptly exiting into traffic or other high-threat situations.

Most individuals were found in or near water, traffic, at a stranger's residence or in the woods. Low-sensory locations were also a common theme, according to McIlwain, such as abandoned areas and vehicles, cornfields, farms, tree nurseries, libraries and other typically quiet settings.

According to the report, cases touched on a variety of safety topics affecting the ASD population, including suicide ideation and self-harm, bullying, restraint, heightened stress response, and lack of proper services and supports. McIlwain says research, medical protocols and other programs are needed to address these issues, which may reduce exit-seeking behaviors in individuals with ASD.

NAA President Wendy Fournier says these findings underscore the need for widespread first responder training and resources, broader outreach, education and prevention tools for families, school staff, foster care providers and residential caretakers.

"In this six-year sample, incidents and deaths occurred in almost every state of the U.S.," said Fournier. "Yet, most states do not have resources to properly prevent, or respond to, elopement behaviors in children and adults with autism."

She also says the disproportionate risk among black individuals with ASD needs further study and guidance. "Black individuals with ASD and their families do not appear to be getting the proper supports to stay safe and protected, and this needs to change," she said

To download the report, click here

For more information on the latest technology to assist with wandering prevention, contact BLACKRIDGE Solutions at info@blackridgesolutions.com or (778) 686-5799

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<![CDATA[Loner G7 - Winner of the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017]]>Mon, 03 Apr 2017 22:15:44 GMThttp://blackridgesolutions.com/blog/loner-g7-winner-of-the-red-dot-award-product-design-2017Picture
After assessing products from all over the world, the 39-member Red Dot jury has recognized the innovation and industrial design achievement of the new Loner G7 wireless gas detector. This expert committee made up of product design leaders, professors, architects and ergonomic engineers, selected G7 as the winner of a Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017, from over 5,500 submissions sent in from 54 countries.

The Red Dot Awards for product design are recognized as one of the world's most prestigious design competitions. Red Dot initially convened more than 60 years ago to assess the best designs of the day. Since then, an expert jury has been awarding their seal of quality for outstanding products of the year for design and innovation. Manufacturers and designers around the globe entered their products in the 2017 competition and were judged on degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics, durability and overall quality of design.

"The Red Dot winners are pursuing the right design strategy," said Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award. "They have recognized that good design and economic success go hand in hand. The award by the critical Red Dot jury documents their high design quality and is indicative of their successful design policy."

Industrial work can be risky for employees. Many organizations use personal gas detectors to monitor for toxic or combustible gases, but they are traditionally disconnected and cannot call for help. The G7 solves this problem - it is the world's first connected gas detector with 3G wireless, two-way speakerphone and live monitoring. By connecting workers with a live monitoring team, every incident is managed in real-time, delivering help to the employee's exact location. Plus, G7 features an exclusive modular design to support customization that caters to diverse working conditions. Gas detection is tailored to teams' working environments with the choice of field-replaceable single- or quad-gas cartridges, and a selection of gas sensors.

"The hallmark of any good design is one that enables users to do new things without thinking too much about it," said Barry Moore, VP Product Development at Blackline Safety. "G7 not only looks great, but more importantly it makes an employee's job easier by combining three devices into one - a gas detector, a lone worker safety device and a communication tool. This award recognizes the efforts of our dedicated design team who defined a new level of personal safety for our clients."

The Red Dot Awards: Product Design 2017 will conclude on July 3, 2017 where, at the Red Dot Gala award ceremony, the Red Dot best of the best laureates receive their trophies. At the subsequent Designers' Night after-show party, the award winners receive their certificates and celebrate in the midst of all the prize-winning products inside the Red Dot Design Museum Essen. For five weeks, the special museum exhibition Design on Stage will present the awarded products of the year as part of the world's largest exhibition of contemporary design.

G7 will be featured in the Red Dot Design Yearbook for award-winning design 2017/2018, coming out on July 3. This international reference presents the year's winning products. The yearbook will also be available online, accessible via the Red Dot App and on the design platform, Red Dot 21. For more information on Red Dot visit www.red-dot.org.

To learn more about the G7, visit www.BlackridgeSolutions.com or info@blackridgesolutions.com or call us at (778) 686-5799
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About the Red Dot Design Award:
In order to appraise the diversity in the field of design in a professional manner, the Red Dot Design Award breaks down into the three disciplines of Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept. The Red Dot Award is organised by Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and is one of the world's largest design competitions. In 1955, a jury convened for the first time to assess the best designs of the day. In the 1990s, Red Dot CEO Professor Dr. Peter Zec developed the name and brand of the award. Ever since, the sought-after Red Dot award has been the revered international seal of outstanding design quality. More information is available at www.red-dot.org.

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<![CDATA[GAS DETECTION: IR and Pellistor LEL Sensor Options]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:22:23 GMThttp://blackridgesolutions.com/blog/gas-detection-ir-and-pellistor-lel-sensor-optionsWith the introduction of the new Loner G7 comes a new-wave in customizable portable gas detection. The all-new G7’s modular design and selection of field-replaceable cartridges allows you to tailor G7 devices based on your needs and working environments. With single-gas and quad-gas cartridge options, up to four gases are detectable using one device,  including combustible or flammable gases using LEL sensors. G7 and its cartridges are certified intrinsically safe for use in environments that present a risk of an explosive atmosphere.
To detect explosive gases, ​Blackridge Solutions offers two LEL sensors, an LEL pellistor sensor and an LEL infrared sensor. Pellistor sensors and infrared sensors each detect a range of gases using two very different techniques, this determines which sensors to use in any given work environment.

LEL — WHAT IS IT?
Flammable gases are commonly hydrocarbons, made up of carbon and hydrogen atoms. Such gases can burn in the presence of oxygen, in some cases such as furnaces, this planned combustion is very controlled, while unplanned gas leaks could cause a violent reaction or explosion.  Industry offers a measure of the degree that an environment may be explosive due to combustible gases present. So-called lower explosive limit (LEL) indicates the minimum concentration of these gases required in the air to be explosive. This number is typically represented as a percentage of the lower explosive limit where 100% is considered to be explosive if a spark or other combustion source were introduced. An LEL level of 0% indicates that no detectable level of flammable gases is present.

The G7 not only provides its user a real-time reading of LEL but also communicates these gas readings to the Safety Network. Should G7 detect a sufficient LEL reading to trigger a high gas alarm — for example, 20% — a safety alert is communicated in real-time to monitoring personnel, who then contact the worker to ensure his or her safe egress from the environment.


PELLISTOR LEL SENSORS
Pellistor sensors use controlled combustion to detect and measure a wide variety of flammable gases. Pellistor sensors contain within them two platinum coils each embedded in separate ceramic beads. The first bead is coated with a catalyst to promote oxidation when exposed to flammable gases. The second bead is treated to discourage catalytic oxidation, and acts as a reference. The first bead allows for the combustion of a very small amount of flammable gas — generating heat and changing the resistance of the platinum coil. The resistance change is proportional to the amount of flammable gas present in an environment and is translated into an LEL% reading on the detector’s screen.
IR LEL SENSORS
Infrared (IR) sensors (sometimes referred to as optical sensors, or non-dispersive infrared/NDIR) detect the presence of flammable gases by precisely measuring the absorption of infrared light at specific frequencies by various hydrocarbon molecules. Inside the sensor, an infrared emitter passes light through two paths. One path is used to measure the absorption of light by gases, the other is used as a reference. Light detectors on both paths allow the LEL sensor to measure the amount of flammable or combustible gases present by comparing how much light is absorbed in each path.

PROS AND CONS OF PELLISTOR LEL SENSORS
Pellistor sensors are very well established in many industries as a staple of safety equipment. These sensors detect a broader range of gases, including hydrocarbons, hydrogen and acetylene. Pellistor LEL sensors detect flammable gases using a catalyst that oxidizes gases behind an explosion-proof screen. As a result, this process requires sufficient oxygen to cause the combustion and detect flammable gases. Pellistor LEL sensors also should not be used in environments where there may be oxygen deficiencies.
Certain chemicals can reduce pellistor LEL sensor sensitivity, poisoning the catalytic process. The result can be a reduced LEL sensor reading compared to the actual atmospheric LEL percentage. Work environments where silicon, lead, sulfur and phosphorus, among other chemicals, are used should be avoided in order to prevent sensor poisoning.

Prolonged exposure to combustible gases may cause a pellistor LEL sensor’s zero reading to shift, resulting in inaccurate readings. Pellistor LEL sensors do not positively confirm a sensor fault and instead falsely indicate a 0% LEL reading. Exposing pellistor sensors to high gas concentrations, even for short periods of time, may stress the sensor leading it to produce poor readings or even causing sensor failure.

PROS AND CONS OF IR LEL SENSORS
IR LEL sensors are an ideal choice for many working scenarios, including those where pellistor function would be limited. Long-living, infrared sensors are not susceptible to poisoning by chemicals in the environment. Further, IR LEL sensors do not suffer a shift in zero reading due to long-term exposure to combustible gases. Due to their measurement method, LEL sensors confirm a failure if the system is not working correctly. As they do not utilize combustion, these low power sensors perform well in low/no oxygen environments.

IR LEL sensors should not be used in environments with risk of exposure to hydrogen or acetylene, as their single-atom structure does not absorb infrared the same way as hydrocarbons, and therefore do not produce accurate sensor readings.

SUITABILITY OF LEL SENSORS FOR DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES
Both pellistor and IR LEL sensors can be used in many of the same applications and industries, but each has their specializations.

Pellistor sensors are ideal for use in environments where combustible hydrocarbon gases could be present without low-oxygen levels. Industries for pellistor use include oil & gas, telecom, manufacturing and wastewater industries. Applications that incorporate hydrogen and acetylene into processing will require pellistor LEL sensors, including manufacturing of metals, semiconductors, petrochemicals and foods, plus flame-cutting, welding, brazing and heating applications. To maximize sensor performance over its operating life, contaminants that could poison the sensor and consistent exposure to high combustible gas levels should be avoided.


Infrared sensors can also be used in many similar scenarios but with the additional benefit of operating in low-oxygen environments or environments with consistently higher levels of combustible gases. Infrared sensors are ideal for use in many environments, including those with high flammable gas percentages and/or low oxygen environments where pellistor sensors may not provide a long-term, reliable LEL measurement. IR sensors are also ideal for scenarios where contaminants could poison a pellistor sensor’s catalytic chemical process. These sensors are suitable for oil & gas applications where the presence of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is possible, and the use of silicone defoamers may be common. IR sensors are also ideal for waste water processing facilities, where explosive methane can accumulate.

WE’RE HERE TO HELP
They key to complete gas detection coverage is understanding your environment and the benefits and limitations of each sensor type. No one sensor accommodates every situation. The Loner G7 cartridges support both IR and pellistor LEL sensors, delivering flexibility with coverage for diverse environments. With our cartridge replacement program, it’s easy to quickly switch out cartridges at the end of their service life with another pre-calibrated cartridge of your choosing, increasing efficiency and minimizing device down-time.

Let us know how we can help you with your gas detection program.

www.BlackridgeSolutions.com       info@blackridgesolutions.com      (778) 686-5799


Original Posted by Jaime Seaman, (Blackline Safety)
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<![CDATA[​Working in isolation is the same as working alone]]>Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:03:10 GMThttp://blackridgesolutions.com/blog/working-in-isolation-is-the-same-as-working-alonePicture
The idea of safety in numbers has been around forever. It’s common sense that being in a group can reduce risks from violence and accidents. What isn’t always common sense is the reality that groups of people are often at the same risk as an individual. In these situations, it’s important for employers to have a plan in place that covers not just lone workers, but groups of employees.

In this post, we’ll look at what employers can do to create safety policies that protect both lone workers and larger groups of employees.

Workplace vehicle accidents

During 2013, transportation incidents caused 2 out of every 5 fatal work injuries in the United States. Employers can’t always stop accidents, but communicating with employees can help when things do go wrong.

If workers travelling in a vehicle get into an accident, they may not be able to communicate. Scheduling a defined check-in time can help employers know when their employees need help, along with equipping them with GPS safety monitoring equipment like the Loner M6. The Loner M6 will automatically signal an alert in a Missed Check-In situation or if the employee remained motionless for a set period of time. By using GPS technology, your "time to assist" is drastically reduced due to knowing their exact location. 

Isolated locations

Often the danger to employees comes from their environment. Poor air quality, chemical, and electrical dangers affect groups of employees and lone workers in the same way. In these situations, just having a panic button is not enough.

Workers who can’t call for help are often the ones needing help the most. Using the buddy system only works when you can guarantee that one employee will always be safe. A check-in policy can help make sure that groups of isolated employees get help when they need it. With the new Loner G7, you have the ability to provide "mustering" instructions and awareness to groups of employees at one time, thus providing an enhanced safety procedure.

Threats from public violence

Threats from violence are a danger that employees working with the public face every day. Even in a crowd, employees can become isolated from each other at times. Relying on employees to look out for each other isn’t always an effective safety policy.

Any time that an employee can become isolated, you need to consider them a lone worker. Plan for your employees to communicate when they’re out of sight, and make backup plans for employees who can’t communicate at all.

Building an inclusive safety policy

An effective workplace safety policy means being able to account for every employee. The next time you plan for the threats in your workplace, think about groups of employees who could be lone workers. Reducing the risk to employees can be as simple as using a lone worker safety policy. A lone worker system like those offered by BLACKRIDGE Solutions can help. Providing Emergency, Silent, Missed Check-In, No Motion and Fall Detection alerting capabilities, inside or outside cell coverage ensures your employees safety at all times..

To find out how BLACKRIDGE Solutions can protect the lone workers in your workplace, call (778) 686-5799 or info@blackridgesolutions.com.

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<![CDATA[Evacuating Workers in an Emergency Situation]]>Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:34:28 GMThttp://blackridgesolutions.com/blog/evacuating-workers-in-an-emergency-situationWhat is possible regarding evacuation management using connected safety technology?

Safely and quickly evacuating employees from facilities is a significant challenge for many businesses. New connected safety technology can have a dramatic impact on evacuation management by quickly discovering an incident and accounting for every employee along the way. Should a search crew be required, their risk is minimized by knowing where to retrieve an employee in need of help while having awareness of potential environmental exposure.

Evacuations start with the need to get teams out of a facility immediately. For example, an employee may discover a process failure, a control panel alarm light may turn on or a planned drill is about to be initiated. If an incident goes unnoticed because of other activities or lack of situational awareness, valuable response time is lost.
Triggering an evacuation often involves radio calls, a site-wide alarm system with strobes and PA speakers, or finding each employee in person. Once an evacuation is underway, employees are often accounted for at safe locations using manual checklists or collected employee tags. With manual processes like this, you may not know if an employee is left behind and needs help until it’s too late. It’s easy to see room for technological improvements.

With the emergence of employee-worn connected safety devices, it’s possible to see every worker’s location and communicate with them in any circumstance. These solutions can automatically detect incidents, from gas exposures to an injury or health event where the employee is motionless. When needed, employees can also call for help manually. These wirelessly communicated alerts provide real-time situational awareness to help assess whether an evacuation should be initiated.
Live-monitoring personnel receive every alert through a cloud-hosted monitoring portal. Each situation is managed efficiently with live data from every employee on the jobsite. Should an evacuation be triggered, employee-worn devices alert users with a visual and audible alarm, coupled with two-way voice instruction and text messaging. Employees acknowledge the evacuation request and evacuate immediately.

Connected safety technology doesn’t rely on facility power systems or communication infrastructure such as Wi-Fi. Each device operates independently, communicating via cellular or satellite wireless links. Monitoring personnel keep an eye on evacuation progress using a live map from any computer or mobile device with an internet connection. Employees left behind can be precisely located, contacted and rescued if need be – all while personnel know whether responders face environmental risks such as gas leaks or other hazard.

Not only do these advancements make evacuations more efficient and accountable with real-time situational awareness, but they make for a safer work environment because businesses can respond to any situation beyond evacuations, best utilizing onsite personnel. Connected safety also offers proactive awareness to help address issues before they become larger problems. For example, every gas reading and location is recorded, enabling persistent gas leaks to be discovered and fixed.

Businesses should consider their evacuation and emergency response protocols and the value of connected safety technology. Investing in such technology is often offset through operational efficiencies while greatly improving the safety infrastructure for all personnel.

For further information, contact BLACKRIDGE Solutions at: (778) 686- 5799
or info@blackridgesolutions.com.       "When Only The Best Will Do"

Author: Kirk Johnson, product manager, Blackline Safety.
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<![CDATA[Wandering Prevention: GPS Watch for Those With Alzheimer's ]]>Fri, 23 Dec 2016 23:31:31 GMThttp://blackridgesolutions.com/blog/wandering-prevention-gps-watch-for-those-with-alzheimersPicture
The Blackridge Wandering Prevention GPS Watch is perfect for those with Alzheimer's, dementia and memory loss who are at risk of wandering. For caregivers or those who are alone, whether at home or traveling outside their home, this device gives the extra assurance that they can communicate at any time. The elderly living with a chronic disease or people who require immediate emergency assistance in an emergency situation will find this device invaluable.

The Blackridge GPS Watch has a variety of advanced features, some of which include:
  • Two-way Voice (Make and Receve Calls)
  • Lockable Watch Strap
  • IP66 - Waterproof
  • Geofencing (Entry/Exit Notification)
  • SOS Button
  • New GPS Locates Every Minute (indoors/Outdoors)
  • Up to (5) Days in Between Recharging
  • Smartphone App (iPhone/Android)
  • Same Size as a Digital Watch
  • Digitial Time Display, Plue Step Counter & Battery Level
  • Manageable By Up To (16) Care Providers
  • GPS Locates on Google Maps
  • Alarm Clock (Date and Time Programmable)
  • Low Cost

To learn more about the latest in GPS technology and wander prevention, contact Blackridge Solutions at:  (778) 686-5799 or info@blackridgesolutions.com

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<![CDATA[Loner G7:  Work Alone Safety & Gas Detector in a Single Device!]]>Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMThttp://blackridgesolutions.com/blog/loner-g7-work-alone-safety-gas-detector-in-a-single-devicePicture
BLACKRIDGE Solutions are very pleased to announce the latest addition to our gas detection portfolio, the Loner G7. After nearly two years in development in response to customer feedback, this new system is a world first – a work-anywhere, global employee safety monitoring system with total detection capacity.

Highly configurable for every organisation, G7 warns both the user and live monitoring personnel of environmental exposure risks to both toxic and explosive gases. G7 is a true ‘Internet of Things’ tool with wireless communications and location technology to empower real-time emergency response and evacuation management.

Traditional gas detectors work in isolation and only alert the worker of imminent danger. Now, with G7, a team of responders is alerted in real time if an employee hasn’t moved for a specific period of time and can pinpoint their exact location.

With the responders also receiving the gas concentration data readings from the worker’s G7, any rescue can be undertaken with pre-entry knowledge of conditions and risks in the area. Two-way voice communication enables monitoring personnel to speak directly with the employee through a built-in, industrial grade speakerphone. G7 uses a combination of assisted GPS and proprietary indoor location technology to display a fallen or injured employee’s exact location on an interactive map, enabling monitoring personnel to direct responses quickly and accurately.

​The G7 is the first device anywhere that works straight out of the box to: Automatically detect when someone is not moving, either from a fall, accident or health incident so that help can be immediately deployed. 

Empower evacuations with mass notifications by speakerphone or text message, while accounting for the location of every employee through to emergency assembly point.

Support customisation using interchangeable gas sensor cartridges with a choice of single or multiple gases (hydrogen sulphide, oxygen, combustible gases, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and ammonia).

The G7 is available in three models: 

G7c Standard
  • Ideal for monitoring all personnel, lone workers and actively managing evacuations.
  • Functionality includes:
  • Always-connected 2G/3G wireless
  • GPS and indoor location technology
  • Automatic incident detection
  • Manual safety triggers
  • Two-way voice and text message communications.

G7c Single-gas and G7c Quad-gas:
  • All of the Standard model functionality 
  • Your choice of LEL, O2, H2S, CO, NH3 or CO2 gas sensors as either single or four gas options. 

All three models will be available from BLACKRIDGE Solutions early in 2017. For further information contact us at (778) 686-5799 or info@BlackridgeSolutions.com.

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<![CDATA[HOW IS THE LONER G7 CHANGING THE GAME?]]>Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMThttp://blackridgesolutions.com/blog/how-is-the-loner-g7-changing-the-game​Every major gas detection company creates portable gas detection solutions in much the same way — a collection of sensors that detect gas levels and display the readings on an LCD. If a hazardous environment is detected, the body-worn device emits an alarm sound and flashes its lights to call out to nearby coworkers.
Gas detection has not dramatically improved the status quo compared to systems launched half a decade ago, or longer. The current push in the industry is for a long-lasting battery life so the device can last for two-years and then be disposed of when both the battery and sensors run out. Convenient? Sure. Revolutionary? No. But what’s worse is that each these detectors will try in vain to call for help when no one is nearby. This means that you can have a man down and no one knows any better in order to deliver help.

We’re here to solve this problem and  with the new Loner G7. The Loner G7 is the world’s first turnkey, work-anywhere, wirelessly connected safety system with expandable gas detection. We’re not one-upping the other guys with more minor improvements — we offer a whole new suite that gives your workers complete safety awareness, in any situation, for an instant response.

We’ve already started to touch on the ground-breaking capability of G7, but let’s look more closely at five ways it’s changing up the portable gas detection game.

1. Real-time connectivity and alerting
We offer two models of G7, one that incorporates 2G/3G cellular communications and the other with Iridium satellite communications. Together, G7 delivers true work-anywhere wireless communications that doesn’t rely on expensive Wi-Fi networks or a separate device with Bluetooth wireless communications
The second that gas levels reach a hazardous concentration, the employee-worn G7 alerts the user using bright alarm lights and a loud audible alarm. G7 instantly communicates alerts to our Monitoring Center and the live monitoring team. Blackridge Solutions offers 24/7 First Responder live monitoring, while some customers have a control room or dedicated team members who can own this responsibility.

If an H2S leak occurs, G7 ensures that your teams have the complete picture. You can confidently send in a prepared response team with the proper safety gear, to the right location. By mapping the employee’s location on a map, your team can make the difference by saving precious minutes in emergency response time. And by geo-referencing every on-site gas reading, our G7 heat-map gas reading reports help you identify minor leaks before they become future problems.


2. Automatic and full compliance reporting
With traditional portable gas detection, collecting logs and proving compliance is a manual and tedious process. We don’t use SD cards, Ethernet cords or IR ports. G7 communicates all calibration logs and bump tests automatically and wirelessly to your user account, where you can easily review usage, exposure, and maintenance activity for each device. Bumps and calibrations are effortlessly handled and reported by the device, while efficiently using valuable calibration gas.
Compliance reports also highlight your employee’s use of equipment, helping you to ensure that employees not only use monitoring devices but that they use equipment correctly and conscientiously. G7 reports deliver green-yellow-red insights that highlights when everything is in compliance, when something is approaching out of compliance and when an item needs your immediate attention.

3. Over-the-air wireless device configuration and firmware updates
When you log into the Monitoring Portal, you have complete control over how to configure every device. Create G7 configuration profiles to customize device behaviors for each employee role and scenario. Device configurations ensure that no G7 is mis-configured — create separate profiles as needed, such as for operators, instrumentation techs and heavy-duty mechanics. Even if a device is powered off, it will automatically download the a new configuration upon connection to the Safety Network.

Configure all G7 safety settings including man down detection, fall detection, high and low-gas alert levels, time-weighted average (TWA) and short-term exposure limits (STEL). When you save the changes, the Safety Network automatically updates all devices associated with that profile.. Similarly, the Monitoring Portal features Alert Profiles that configures the response to each alert according to your business’ custom emergency response protocol.

We continuously improve our solutions. When we deploy G7 product improvements through firmware updates, these occur wirelessly, seamlessly and automatically over-the-air. If a device happens to be off, when it connects to the Safety Network, it downloads new firmware and manages the update. We want to make your job easier and ensure safety for your workers around the clock.

​4. Portable gas detection with interchangeable sensor cartridges
G7 devices feature easily removable and replaceable portable gas detection cartridges — no need to take equipment out of the field, causing downtime and potentially interrupting employee monitoring programs either. Choose between a Standard Cartridge, Single-gas Cartridge or Quad-gas Cartridge and select the gas sensors that meet your requirements. Our current line of gases include H2S (hydrogen sulfide), LEL (lower explosive limit of combustible gases), CO (carbon monoxide), CO2 (carbon dioxide), O2 (oxygen) and NH3 (ammonia). If your teams’ need shift in the future, rest assured that you can repurpose G7 equipment with new cartridges easily and cost-effectively.
With G7, never pay to replace gas sensors again. When a sensor reaches the end of its life, we will send you a new, pre-calibrated cartridge automatically as part of your service program. Your portable gas detection fleet never has to experience any downtime while saving you time and money.

5. Future expansion
G7 offers many new features and capabilities, but a key G7 innovation is its cartridge-based interface. In this article, we spoke a lot about our portable gas detection cartridges. Our Standard Cartridge is a great example of how G7 is designed to support other applications, including plant evacuation management and lone working scenarios. We have other cartridges in our roadmap and we work tirelessly to deliver maximum value to our customers. We’re driven by customer feedback — let us know what challenges that we can help you solve through G7 expansion. 



For further information on the Loner G7, please contact Blackridge Solutions at (778) 686-5799 or info@blackridgesolutiuons.com

Original:  Blackline Safety​
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<![CDATA[Safety Reporting: Do Your Employees Report Near Misses?]]>Sun, 13 Nov 2016 20:23:36 GMThttp://blackridgesolutions.com/blog/safety-reporting-do-your-employees-report-near-missesA near miss is any unplanned incident in the workplace that could have resulted in an injury, illness or damage. Near misses are prevalent in many workplaces, and, when employees report them, businesses can react accordingly and improve overall safety. This is especially important if the employee was working alone when the near miss occurred.

However, there are a variety of reasons why employees are reluctant to report a near miss to an employer:

They’re afraid of punishment.
Most often, an employee avoids reporting a near miss out of fear of blame or repercussion. As an employer, it is your responsibility to create a workplace culture that prioritizes safety. Whenever possible, encourage employees to report unsafe work conditions. Remind them that doing so protects both them and their co-workers.

They want to maintain their reputation.
People don’t like to admit mistakes, especially if that mistake is broadcast to an entire company. Workers may fear that owning up to a near miss will lead co-workers to see them as weak or accident-prone. To combat this, it’s important for employers to appreciate and acknowledge those who do report near misses. Doing so can help improve a business’ safety culture, leading workers to not feel as worried about damaging their reputation within the company.

They can’t identify a near miss.
There are some instances where an employee may not even understand a near miss took place. When that happens, the incident goes unreported and the issue persists, creating an unsafe work environment. Education is key to recognizing near misses. Try building examples of near misses into your training programs or citing scenarios during informal safety meetings.

They don’t know how to report a near miss.
Complicated near miss reporting methods are the bane of workplace safety. If a system is too complex, more often than not, employees will just ignore it altogether. You want to establish a reporting system that is clear and straightforward. Be sure to train workers on the system and remind them periodically to take advantage of it.

They aren’t motivated to report a near miss.
In some instances, employees may not see the benefit of reporting a near miss, especially if there’s nothing tangible in it for them. Offering small incentives - i.e. company recognition, gift cards, etc. - can increase the likelihood that an employee will report a near miss.

Reporting near misses is critical to the health and safety of all employees, and can ensure that day-to-day operations meet applicable safety requirements. Armed with the strategies above, employers should be better equipped to encourage employees to help create an accident-free workplace.


For more information on how to keep your employees safe in the workplace, contact BLACKRIDGE Solutions at (778) 686-5799 or info@blackridgesolutions.com
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