Reactec's SAFE-DISTANCE systems reaches 10,000 milestone as Oil States invests for Scottish workers

 

Oil States, the global provider of energy system for the offshore sector, has rolled out Reactec’s innovative wearable system SAFE-DISTANCE at its specialist facility in Whitburn.

 
The investment of 210 SAFE-DISTANCE watches, demonstrates Oil States continued high level of commitment to Health and Safety for their workforce. The devices have been rolled out to their Heartlands workshop, Aberdeen offices and workshop facility in Las Palmas. The workshop processes include heavy engineering, CNC machining, welding / fabrication, coating and testing.
 
This investment from Oil States, takes the number of SAFE-DISTANCE devices deployed in the UK to over 10,000 since its development and launch in 2020 in direct response to the COVID-19 workplace social distancing restrictions.
 
In May 2020 during the first lockdown period, Reactec repurposed its proven system for monitoring workers’ exposure to health risk to create SAFE-DISTANCE, which enables employers to manage the social distancing of their workforce; devices alert the wearer, whilst data intelligence supports the management in implementing work environment changes and contract tracing evidence if required.
 
Commenting on the investment, Matt Askham – UK HSE Manager, Oil States said: “We have worked with Reactec for a number of years and we are impressed with their commitment to seeking innovative ways to reduce the risk that over exposure to vibration can cause people in the workplace. As a major employer, the health and safety of our workforce is at the core of our values with safety being our top priority particularly in these unusual times of increased hygiene and social distancing. Following a successful trial, we rolled out SAFE-DISTANCE to our workforce and the business feedback has been very positive. The data form the analytical software has enabled the business to quickly assess and target persons of concern to enable the continued functioning of the facility by allowing other employees to remain at work.
 
Previously without the data a whole department would possibly need to be isolated if an employee was suspected to have contracted, or had contracted COVID, as we wouldn’t accurately know who and for how long they had been in contact with other employees. The data is obtainable very quickly which allows for prompt decisions to be made.”
 
Jacqui McLaughlin, Chief Executive of Reactec said: “It’s great to work with Oil States who have a strong safety culture across their business. As an existing customer, they quickly trialled SAFE-DISTANCE, to ensure that their workforce is working within the social distant government guidelines. We created SAFE-DISTANCE as a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a device to support businesses get their employees back to work safely. It enables the employer to take responsibility of managing social distancing in the workplace and reduces risk of further COVID-19 cases, protecting both the business and the community. Our team moved quickly to repurpose our existing technology in Spring 2020 and we are thrilled that over 10,000 devices are already in use across the UK.”
 
SAFE-DISTANCE was developed by technical experts at Reactec as a direct response to the COVID-19 crisis and the Scottish and UK Government’s introduction of social distancing protocols. Recognising that the company had a significant deployment of its existing hardware within its customer base, Reactec mobilised its innovation team to repurpose its product offering. Development work that would normally take months was completed in 15 days, allowing Reactec to test and launch the product in record time. The SAFE-DISTANCE technology works by using Bluetooth enabled Reactec devices to detect other Reactec devices within a two-metre range. Should users become closer than two metres apart, both device users are warned with both vibration and audio alerts.
 
 
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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 SAFE-DISTANCE
SAFE-DISTANCE was developed by technical experts at Reactec as a direct response to the COVID-19 crisis and the Scottish and UK Government’s introduction of social distancing protocols. Recognising that the company had a significant deployment of its existing hardware within its customer base, Reactec mobilised its innovation team to repurpose its product offering. Development work that would normally take months was completed in 15 days, allowing Reactec to test and launch the product in record time. The SAFE-DISTANCE technology works by using Bluetooth enabled Reactec devices to detect other Reactec devices within a two-metre range. Should users become closer than two metres apart, both device users are warned with both vibration and audio alerts. The device is returned to its recharging docking station at the end of each shift, at which point details of any safe distancing breaches are uploaded to the Cloud and combined with other data to produce employer reports to assist in the management of social distancing. All data use is entirely GDPR compliant. The system can be expanded to provide real-time transmission of distancing breaches to enable supervisors to act immediately in managing social distancing.
 
 
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 1 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).
  • 300% ise in financial penalties relating to HAVS fines since new sentencing guidelines were introduced in 2016
  • 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).
 
 
About Oil States
Oil States Industries is a major global provider of integrated energy systems and solutions, with more than 25 locations around the world. We enable our customers to build and operate high-performance offshore fields, tying it all together, from beginning to end, with solutions for the most demanding environments. With leading-edge technologies and unsurpassed technical expertise, we deliver reliable, cost-effective solutions to meet drilling & workover, production, lifting and mooring challenges.
 

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