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Lone Workers in Explosive Environments Must Not Be Forgotten
Lone workers can enjoy ATEX-compliant protection

In the UK there are currently hundreds of lone workers working in explosive environments. As well as being surrounded by potential hazards such as gas/fume leaks, explosions, electrical hazards, and trip and slip hazards, these personnel are often working at unsocial hours. Protection for lone workers working within such environments is of paramount importance, but is often overlooked.

Legislation does not prohibit lone working in a general sense, but companies and organisations must conduct a risk assessment covering the activities of all employees, including lone workers. Since the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act of 2007, companies and organisations can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as a result of serious management failures resulting in a gross breach of duty of care.

Furthermore there are strict European rules and regulations specifically concerning explosive atmospheres (Explosive Atmospheres Directive 94/9/EC). Under these rules, all lone worker alarm systems must be ATEX/Ex certified to the correct Protection Zone, Apparatus Group and Temperature class for each individual ATEX/Ex environment.

SBES, the lone worker protection specialist, has developed a simple yet highly specified site-based lone worker alarm system specifically for use within explosive environments.

The SBES ATEX LifeSaver lone worker alarm units are ExII 1 G, EEx ia IIC T4 Certified. SBES’ Lifesaver system alerts colleagues in the event of a ‘man down’ incident in which a lone worker has collapsed or is rendered unconscious, ensuring an immediate response in the vital few minutes following an incident.

The alarm can be raised manually by means of a panic button, or automatically by a tilt sensor (with programmed delay and pre-alarm warning) should the lone worker become incapacitated. Upon alarm activation, the SBES LifeSaver Control System will automatically dial up to 10 pre-programmed telephone numbers, alerting the recipients that the lone worker alarm has been activated and the lone worker may need help.

The SBES LifeSaver Control System can be linked into third-party access control systems in order to release entry doors automatically, ensuring quick access for emergency response teams. The SBES Lifesaver System can also be integrated into existing building management systems to help with remote monitoring of lone workers.

Peter Swan, Managing Director of SBES, said: “Although employers are well aware of their duty of care, personnel working in isolated areas are often forgotten about. Lone working is apparent in virtually every organisation, and I would call upon all employers to protect them properly”.

All SBES Lone worker alarm systems are modular and can be ‘tailor made’ to specific requirements.

 

SBES launches Emergency First Aid Call System
Fixed alarm point system will save time in the event of workplace incidents

SBES is pleased to announce the release of the SBES Emergency First Aid Call System, an innovative alarm system aimed at saving vital initial minutes in the event of a workplace emergency.

The system comprises two elements, the first of which is the SBES Emergency Alarm Point, a fixed alarm point that can contact designated first aiders instantly in the event of an emergency. The alarm is raised at the touch of a button. Upon alarm activation a message is sent immediately, using wireless technology, to SBES Radio Pagers, the second element of the system.

SBES Radio Pagers, allocated to on-site first aiders, will clearly display which SBES Emergency Alarm Point has been activated. This will allow them to reach the casualty as soon as possible.

The SBES Emergency First Aid Call system is easy to install and relatively maintenance free, and can cater for an unlimited amount of fixed SBES Emergency Alarm Points and SBES Radio Pagers. Each Emergency Alarm Point can be named and programmed according to customer requirements.

The SBES Emergency Help Points have completed successful trials in hospital environments, but potential applications are not limited. The system is suitable for many workplace environments where there is a need to notify designated first aiders of an incident quickly and efficiently.

The system is not GSM web- or mobile-network reliant, so is not affected by areas of weak or no signal within a building. It is available as a standalone unit, or can be integrated into any existing SBES lone worker alarm system.

Peter Swan, Managing Director of SBES, said: “Rather than having to go and check a noticeboard or paper roster, first responders can now be reached instantly using the Emergency First Aid Call System. In the event of a serious accident, a faster response could mean that lives are saved”.

 

Don't Forget Your ICT Workers
ICT lone workers can now enjoy fully compliant protection

Data centres, server rooms and communication rooms seem a safe working environment – not so, according to lone worker alarm specialists SBES.

Such areas often contain hidden dangers such as high voltages, trip hazards, confined spaces, heating and ventilation ducts and so on. Above all though, they are usually isolated areas where ICT staff are working alone, often at unsocial hours. Protection for lone workers working within such environments is of paramount importance, but is often overlooked.

Legislation does not prohibit lone working in a general sense, but companies and organisations must conduct a risk assessment covering the activities of all employees, including lone workers. Since the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act of 2007, companies and organisations can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as a result of serious management failures resulting in a gross breach of duty of care.

SBES has developed a simple yet highly specified lone worker alarm system specifically for use within data centres, server rooms and communication rooms. The LifeSaver Micro Lone Worker Alarm System automatically alerts colleagues in the event of a worker collapsing or being rendered unconscious, ensuring an immediate response in the vital few minutes following an incident.

The alarm can be raised manually by means of a panic button, or automatically by a ‘tilt’ sensor should the lone worker become incapacitated. Upon alarm activation, the control system will automatically dial up to 10 telephone numbers, alerting the recipients that an alarm has been activated within the data centre. Simultaneously, a beacon sounder (normally located outside the data centre) will activate to draw nearby attention to the alarm.

The control system can be linked into access controls, in order to release entry doors automatically, ensuring quick access for emergency response teams. It can also be linked into building management systems for remote monitoring.

The system is not GSM web- or mobile-network reliant, so does not interfere with sensitive servers or data storage facilities.

Peter Swan, Managing Director of SBES, said: “Although employers are well aware of their duty of care, ICT personnel working in isolated areas are often forgotten about. ICT workers are a critical element of any organisation, and I would call upon all employers to protect them properly”.

 

Top Safety Accreditation for SBES LIMITED
SBES LIMITED ‘The Lone Worker Alarm Company’ has been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety.

Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK Businesses.

Peter Swan SBES Managing Director explained that the Safety Accreditation portrays the high level of safety SBES Limited is committed too.

Safecontractor accreditation will enhance SBES Limited’s ability to attract new contracts and our commitment to safety will be viewed positively by our insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal.

John Kinge, Technical Director of Safecontractor said, "Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors and third party businesses who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place."

"More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that SBES Limited has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies.

Under the Safecontractor scheme, businesses undergo a vetting process which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website.

Client-organisations who sign up to the scheme can access the database, enabling them to vet potential businesses before they set foot on site.

South East Asia – Singapore, Jakarta & Kuala Lumpar News
Peter Swan will be visiting the SBES Service Engineers in South East Asia as from 9th June. Peter will also be meeting up with new and existing clients during this period.

Swansea Expansion
A Swansea based company has ordered another 20x SBES LifeSaver ATEX/EX certified transmitters – SBES have supplied this company in excess of 300x SBES LifeSaver ATEX/Ex transmitters, SBES also supply receivers and antennas to this company.

UK Construction Industry
A large UK construction equipment and tools company based in Wales has chosen the SBES LifeSaver lone worker alarm system for use within their Furnace, Goods Inwards and Machine Shop areas.

n-Power
SBES have supplied and installed the SBES LifeSaver and SBES Responder Systems for use during the de-commissioning works at Fawley power station. Fawley power station had been generating electricity for 41 years and when de-commissioning is completed the SBES Systems will be relocated to another n-Power power station.

UK – High Security Printing Company...
..have expanded their SBES LifeSaver lone worker alarm system to provide lone worker system coverage throughout their lagoons, settling beds and effluent plant areas. SBES have been providing this company with lone worker alarm solutions, maintenance and servicing for many years.

Egypt – ‘Night Boat to Cairo’
One of the largest manufacturers of ‘baby care’ products has chosen the SBES LifeSaver System for use within their production site in Cairo, Egypt.

SBES have already supplied, installed and maintain the SBES Lifesaver Systems within their manufacturing sites in the UK, Poland, Morocco and Saudi Arabia.

RYAN AIR
The Low Fares Airline has ordered an additional 10x SBES Responder II lone worker alarm systems for use within their European Hubs. SBES have been providing Ryanair with lone worker alarm systems for over 3 years.

SBES Launch Responder II
NEW Features include:
• 2 buttons for dialling pre – programmed telephone numbers without raising an alarm. • Torch Light • Flashing Beacon • Volume Control Buttons • 3-way G-sensor, which can be used as either a movement detector or tilt alarm.

As like our original Responder, The SBES Responder system II is Satellite tracked, there are various ways on raising an alarm the main ones being ‘Panic Button’ or Man Down Alarm. Upon alarm activation the SBES Responder will SMS/Text the alarm alerts to mobile telephones and our online servers will automatically email you with a map that indicates the location of the alarm alert, and simultaneously the SBES Responder will start dialling predefined telephone numbers of your choice to open up a 2 way conversation.

SBES - 'Down the Pub!'
The UK's leading independent and pub retailing business and world's largest brewer of cask ale have ordered more SBES LifeSaver lone worker alarm systems for use within their UK Breweries

Ex Certified Systems exported to the USA
SBES have exported another 20x Ex certified SBES LifeSaver systems to a major oil and gas company located in La Sal, USA.

Glaxo SmithKline - Singapore
SBES have installed the SBES LifeSaver lone worker alarm system throughout GSK’s laboratories and office’s in Biobolis, Singapore.

SBES – Exports up 35% !
SBES announce that its exports were up 35% in the last 6 months, due to expanding their activities within Europe, Middle East and South East Asia.

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SBES Tracer
SBES Responder Outdoor Alarm

Tracer
• Unique lightweight design
• User friendly panic button
• Fall detection via 3D G-sensor
• Two way voice communications
• Full map positioning
• SMS text alert messaging
• Email alert messaging
• User configurable
• Rechargeable battery
• Battery Life = 300 hours
• Available in four colours


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