Reactec and Cirrus Research collaborate to create a connected worker environment

Employers can now view together both Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) and Noise exposure data in a single powerful Analytics to give new levels of insight into these often-related industrial hazards.

Data from both Reactec’s HAVwear watch and Cirrus Research’s doseBadge5 Noise Dosimeter can be collected by Reactec’s RASOR an IoT product, for transmission to the Reactec hosted Analytics. Field data is therefore available live for remote supervisors and managers to know first-hand what health risks their deployed workers are facing and be automatically alerted if these risks reach unacceptable levels.

In keeping with the increasing demand for employers to see real time data of their employee’s environment, this Reactec and Cirrus Research collaboration enables users of both companies’ technology to benefit from a single data repository and reporting platform. Presenting data in a single environment should materially improve an organisations ability to effect meaningful measures to manage their employee’s risk.

Jacqui McLauglin, Chief Executive of Reactec said: “We are excited about our collaboration with Cirrus Research who are a respected leader in noise dosimetry with decades of experience advancing the field of noise measurement. In launching RASOR we see the possibility of many more such partnerships to allow employers to more effectively and efficiently manage the wide range of risks their employees face”.

Martin Ellison, Head of Sales and Marketing at Cirrus Research added: “The opportunity to work with Reactec and develop a joint solution that helps protect and create awareness for workers in many environments, continues to fulfil the Cirrus Research philosophy of innovation, development and advancement”.

For more information on RASOR go to:  http://bit.ly/2WQLL2S

 

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About Reactec

THE COMPANY: founded in 2001 as a spin out from Edinburgh University, Reactec began as experts in the characterisation of vibration and its impact. Following the release of the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 the company innovated monitoring technologies to help protect employees from harmful exposure to vibration. The automation and analysis of the large data sets being gathered by Reactec’s vibration monitoring technologies has positioned the company now to offer more holistic connected worker information management.

PRODUCTS: from the first to market on tool monitor of exposure to HAV, the HAVmeter, Reactec raised the bar on giving a practical real-time assessment of HAV exposure by releasing the wrist worn HAVwear in 2016. Reactec’s monitoring technology is supported with automatic data management infrastructure and hosted on-line analytics. Under strict GDPR compliant technology and protocols, Reactec process monitoring data for over 75,000 UK workers. Reactec released their RASOR communications hub technology in 2019. RASOR enables live data from Reactec’s HAVwear and other third-party Bluetooth enabled monitors to be collated in a single powerful data Analytics while also providing the critical elements of lone-worker functionality.

INDUSTRY: as an industry leader, all of its products are manufactured in the UK and are used in a wide range of different applications within the construction, transport, aviation, manufacturing, grounds maintenance and facilities management sectors.

ACCREDITATION AND ISO: Reactec is an ISO 9001:2015 Registered Company and is certified as compliant to the requirements of Cyber Essential Plus Scheme. Reactec’s HAV monitoring technology has been developed to help organisations meet their legal obligations under the Regulations and their moral obligations in protecting employees from HAV exposure. This includes ground-breaking research published in the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics.

 

About Cirrus Research

THE COMPANY: founded in 1970, Cirrus Research plc is a leading specialist in the development and production of noise measurement instruments. Its latest scientific and technological developments are utilised to produce noise measurement instrumentation equipment to accurately measure noise and its impact.

PRODUCTS: its market-leading products include: the Optimus sound level meter range; the Invictus outdoor noise monitoring kit; the Trojan noise nuisance recorder; and the doseBadge personal dosimeter range.

SUPPORT SERVICES: its support services have enjoyed recent expansions including: national product training courses, calibration services, including UKAS-accredited calibration, acoustic consultancy services and product hire on a “try before you buy” basis.

INDUSTRY: as an industry leader, all of its products are manufactured in the UK and are used in a wide range of different applications within the construction, transport, aviation, manufacturing and leisure & sport sectors.

ACCREDITATION AND ISO: Cirrus is part of the British Safety Industry Federation’s Registered Safety Supplier Scheme, identifying its organisation and products as ‘the products supplied are genuine, properly tested and certificated’. Cirrus Research is an ISO 9001:2015 Registered Company.

In 2018, Cirrus received UKAS accreditation for the calibration of sound level meters, acoustic calibrators and octave band filters (laboratory number 10148).

 

What is HAV / HAVS?

Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) is the cause of one of the most common industrial disease in the UK, Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) – also known as Vibration White Finger – with estimates that over 2 million UK workers are currently exposed to vibration over the HSE limit (source: HSE). There is no cure for HAVS, there is only prevention (source: HSE).

  • 2 million* people in the UK are at risk of HAVs. But currently there are under 100,000** using monitoring systems, around 5% (source: *HSE **Reactec).
  • 139% surge in disease related employee personal liability claims (2011 – 2014, Weightmans).
  • 42% rise in the number of ‘Hand Arm Vibration’ non-compliances recorded through 20,000 site inspections in 2016 (source: BSG).
  • There are 300,000 people suffering from HAVS in the UK (source: HSE).
  • Successful HAVS related industrial disability claims have increased by 69% in last eight years (Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit).

Testimonial:

Morgan Sindall

“Continuous digital monitoring goes beyond the directive and establishes a useable management tool to raise awareness and educate tool users”.