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Reactec launches multi-purpose device to manage H&S risks of onsite and lone workers

Following research with over 200 businesses, Reactec – the award-winning UK market leader in the provision of monitoring technology for hand-arm vibration (HAV*) risk – has this month launched a new multi-purpose device called RASOR which creates a connected worker environment with Reactec’s on-line Analytics and supports lone workers.

The research revealed that many businesses do not monitor exposure for risks such as noise gas and dust while they deemed such risks could be managed better with regular monitoring of such exposures. RASOR has been designed to help address this as an IOT connected devise to help employers monitor risks by gathering data from a range of health risk sensors. 
 
RASOR uniquely personalises the monitoring of employee risks, automatically aggregating and transmitting data to the Reactec Analytics so organisations can benefit from receiving live data within a single interface for their connected work force. Location determined risk data together with man down, check-in and panic alarms functionality means that the same RASOR devise can also support remote and lone workers.
 
RASOR is an excellent device for employers monitoring multiple risks on disparate systems or mobile workers at risk from HAV exposure. 
 
Reactec will be demonstrating RASOR at the Health & Safety Expo on Stand SH3610 from 18-20 June 2019.
 
Jacqui McLaughlin, chief executive of Reactec said: “It’s quite surprising that in an era where monitoring and wearable technology are common-place, companies are still not adopting technology to more effectively monitor and manage occupational health and safety risk. At Reactec we are working hard to raise awareness of the advantages of monitoring technology and risk analytics. 
 
 “We designed and launched HAVwear three years ago to ease the assessment of HAV exposure and help employers reduce the risk faced by a workforce using vibrating tools and in recent published research in the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics the benefits of wearable technology over conventional assessment methods is demonstrated.
 
“Based on our experience in creating dedicated monitoring and risk analytics, RASOR is a natural development to help address this market need and to further help employers protect their workers”
 
RASOR is a multi-purpose device with the ability to collate data from multiple health risk sensors including Reactec’s HAVwear. Remote supervisors can monitor and be alerted to a colleague’s health and safety risk for immediate over the shoulder intervention as well as real-time alerts to off-site supervisors and managers. This real-time visibility of work environments are presented in a single interface for detailed analysis. For lone workers, RASOR offers peace of mind with onboard panic and fall alerts, location mapping and check-in features to further support the health and safety of employees.
 
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* Hand-arm vibration system, which is also known as vibration white finger, is one of the most common industrial diseases in the UK. The condition is usually caused by the prolonged use of power hand tools, whose vibrations can damage the blood vessels, nerves, muscles and joints of the hand, wrist and arm. 300,000 people in the UK suffer from the condition, for which there is no known cure, only prevention. 
 
** The International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
  • Objective of the report: recent improvements in battery and accelerometer technology have allowed for the development of a wearable device for the purpose of assessing hand transmitted vibration. The nature of a wearable sensor enables it to capture the effects different operator interactions have on transmitted vibration and address some of the limitations listed within Annex D of ISO 5349.The authors therefore seek to investigate the degree to which vibration exposure captured on the wearable sensor correlates with the human response to vibration as determined through temporary threshold shift (TTS) in vibrotactile perception.
  • The test results demonstrate that the assessment of vibration transmitted to the tool operator using a wearable device of the proposed methodology is positively correlated with the human subjects’ response to vibration.  The research further demonstrates that the principle of a wrist worn wearable device as an indicator of HAVS health risk is valid and can address a number of limitations identified with the use of tool emission data. Utilising data from this technology it is apparent that reliance on conventional methods can significantly underestimate the risk faced by the most exposed individuals.
  • For more information on this and to read the journal paper in full please go to: https://www.reactec.com/assessing_correlation_of_human_response_to_vibration

 

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