A new Energy News Media article outlines that connected safety solutions are required for the dangerous oil and gas production process. According to the article, a connected safety solution: “Is vital for organisations in this industry to respond to incidents and to develop preventative measures for the future. Predicting and rapidly responding to safety hazards ensures that every worker gets home safely — after every shift.”
For example, the article explains that 24/7 area gas monitoring can detect if a piece of equipment is releasing more vapours into an area, indicating a need for repair or replacement. Because they are always connected: “the gas readings can be viewed in real-time an online dashboard.” Flammable gases present significant risk of fire and explosion while toxic gases such as hydrogen sulphide can leak and lead to the need for an evacuation. Continuous monitoring alerts safety personnel to the location of people wearing a connected safety device in real-time.
Predicting safety risks through data analytics.
Unrecognised risks can result in unexpected downtime and costs but connected safety solutions, coupled with data science and analytics, can identify hazards before they put workers at risk or damage equipment.
The report says that: “The ability to detect patterns through connected device readings allows safety managers and operators to take proactive steps to address potential hazards. For example, fall detection alerts in the same location may indicate a slippery surface from oil and grease. Since all readings are collected and streamed to the cloud, data analytics from connected devices can be used to indicate facility areas with potential risk.”