Blackline Safety Sets the Standard With the First BS8484:2022 Certified Gas Detector

G7c personal wearable by Blackline Safety is the world’s first connected gas detector and lone worker safety monitor certified to the newly-upgraded BS 8484:2022, the standard that underpins the UK’s lone worker safety leadership.

Lone workers are those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision. Employers have a legal obligation to manage any health and safety risks before their employees can work alone.

In addition to the almost 700,000 incidents of violence at work in the UK in 2019/20, lone workers face the risks of slips, trips, falls, health events, extreme weather, vehicular accidents and a number of other potentially harmful events. There are also concerns related to stress and mental health, medical suitability to work alone, and the workplace itself, for example, if working in an isolated or remote area. Ensuring the safety of these at-risk workers has always been a top priority for Blackline Safety.

“Considering employee safety, wellbeing and security at a strategic level leads to a culture of safety at work at the operational level,” said Natalie Hays, QHSE & Compliance Manager, at Blackline Safety Europe Ltd, a fully-owned subsidiary of Blackline Safety Corp. “BSI (British Standards Institution) states that ‘lone worker protection might be a consideration for both safety and security strategies. It contributes to the organisation’s governance, management of risk and compliance with both company policies and legal obligations.’”

Lone Worker monitors enable organizations to maximise workers’ safety with incident detection and emergency response services to ensure most vulnerable team members are always accounted for and return home safely to their families at the end of each working day.

Lone working in the United Kingdom

Due to stringent Health and Safety laws, outlining the responsibilities of employers in significant detail, the UK is considered one of the safest places in the world to work. Strict regulations and industry best practices help ensure employers offer an unparalleled duty of care to their workers. BS 8484:2022 defines the industry-leading code of practice for lone worker equipment and monitoring services in the UK.

“The UK’s thorough safety regulations help ensure we consistently achieve success in keeping people safe while at work,” Hays said.

“The BS 8484:2022 standard underpins the UK’s safety leadership by providing lone worker product and service providers with a code of practice that allows the despatch of a police Level 1 response,” she explained. “Blackline Safety Europe, Ltd are very proud to be among the first businesses in the UK to be accredited to the new upgraded BS8484:2022 standard.”

Innovation Drives Regulation

Blackline’s G7c is the all-in-one cloud-connected solution, disrupting the safety monitoring and gas detection space by integrating 4G connectivity and industry-first capabilities to enable efficient and reliable lone worker monitoring. The risk that an employee’s call for help could go unanswered is mitigated by connecting workers directly with live monitoring personnel, from wherever they are working.

Every Second Counts

BS8484 enables certified service suppliers to offer the highest level of emergency response, bypassing the central 999 system to make the process as efficient as possible.
Robust lone worker policies combined with innovative employee-worn technology can mitigate potential risks faced every day by those working alone. G7c’s lifesaving man-down and lone worker protection features include:

  • Integrated connectivity wirelessly links your team to live monitoring personnel
  • True Fall Detection™ and no-motion alerts
  • Missed check-ins immediately identify when a team member fails to confirm their safety status with a scheduled confirmation timeframe
  • Reliable communication with two-way text messaging, two-way voice calling and push-to-talk options
  • G7c’s emergency SOS latch generates an instant visible and audible alarm, alerting monitoring personnel should a worker be faced with a threatening or dangerous situation
  • The Silent SOS feature enables users to discreetly call for help by pressing the red latch for three seconds so there are no obvious signs of activation to an aggressor. This can be used in situations where a user knows they need help, but may not want to draw attention to themselves.

G7c automatically communicates man down and gas alerts to monitoring personnel who are equipped to deploy a potentially life-saving emergency response when and wherever needed, up to and including the police. Worker location and safety status are easily viewed on a live map, so responders know exactly where to go.

Optimised emergency response

Connectivity is necessary to ensure the fastest possible emergency response. The live monitoring team follows tailored emergency response protocols and when required, escalates to the highest levels of police, ambulance or fire service, only permissible when using a BS 8484:2022 certified solution. G7c is the only BS 8484:2022-certified combination lone worker monitoring and gas detection product currently on the market.

About Blackline Safety

Blackline Safety is a technology leader driving innovation in the industrial workforce through IoT. With connected safety devices and predictive analytics, Blackline enables companies to drive towards zero safety incidents and improved operational performance. Blackline provides wearable devices, personal and area gas monitoring, cloud-connected software and data analytics to meet demanding safety challenges and enhance overall productivity for organizations with coverage in more than 100 countries. Armed with cellular and satellite connectivity, Blackline provides a lifeline to tens of thousands of people, having reported over 185 billion data-points and initiated over five million emergency responses.  For more information, visit BlacklineSafety.com and connect with us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram.

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