Canadian Occupational Safety

March/April 2020

Canadian Occupational Safety (COS) magazine is the premier workplace health and safety publication in Canada. We cover a wide range of topics ranging from office to heavy industry, and from general safety management to specific workplace hazards.

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Page 10 of 35 11 NEW MSA HELMET EFFORTLESSLY INTEGRATES ACCESSORIES AIR+ SMART MASK WITH ACTIVE VENTILATOR STLFLX, by Swenco, has launched the AirGUARDZ AIR+ Smart Mask. With an ergonomically engineered mask and the first attachable smart fan for active cooling, the AIR+ Smart Mask is designed to help users breathe better as they work. The active ventilator rapidly extracts trapped heat, moisture and CO2 within the mask for cool breathable comfort, delivering active air circulation. It reduces temperature by up to 4C and reduces relative humidity by up to 40 per cent, the company says. The newly developed and patented exhalation valve provides increased safety as the valve closes at every inhalation, no matter the working position. The AIR+ disposable mask fits tightly and securely on all facial shapes, avoiding steamed-up safety goggles. The mask is comfortable to use due to the soft materials and the padded alu-nose clip, Swenco says, and the ergonomic and rugged design ensures a secure grip and durability during use. The mask can be charged quickly and conveniently via a micro-USB and has a four-hour run time. It also boasts dust and splash resistance, drop protection and a compact and lightweight design. The AIR+ Smart Mask is IP53 rated and is available in NIOSH-approved (N95/99) models. THE V-Gard H1 Safety Helmet by MSA was inspired, tested and refined in some of the most challenging and rigorous conditions. From its user-focused design to first-in-class customization capabilities, the V-Gard H1 safety helmet provides the quality and style users have come to expect and trust from the legendary V-Gard brand, MSA says. "Each move you make inspired every design decision made, ensuring exceptional comfort and ease of use in a stylish low-profile design," the company says. The Fas-Trac III Pivot Suspension provides users with a full range of motion. The unique pivot design allows the safety helmet to move with the worker while remaining secure and in place. Venting options, non- contact foam and premium sweatband provide optimal air flow, keeping the user cool and comfortable. The sweatband with sweat-wicking fabric, breathable foam and Velcro attachment is included. The four-point chinstrap with multipoint adjustment allows the user to quickly achieve a custom and secure fit. A convenient rescue whistle is integrated into the chin strap buckle. The patent-pending integrated rail system provides effortless integration of multiple accessories, which can quickly be installed and removed with the push of a button. The frameless design of the H1 visors eliminates the need for extra parts and provides a wide field of view. The dual pivot design enables the visor to keep a low profile when lifted into the park position, providing for stability, balance and wind resistance. The V-Gard H1 Novent model is a type 1, class E helmet and meets CSA/CAN Z94.1-15. This model is non-vented and can be used for electrical applications where class E certification is needed. The helmet is available in white, red, blue, green, yellow, hi-viz yellow, orange, black and grey. It is ideal for workers in utilities, oil and gas, petrochemical, general industry and construction. Fas-Trac III Pivot Suspension Four-point chinstrap Integrated rail system Roadpost launches new safety wearable The GeoPro Safety Wearable by Roadpost provides one-button access to check-in, two-way SOS alerting, fall detection and location sharing. Operating on 3G wireless networks and backed by a professional 24/7 SOS monitoring service, it offers prompt incident alerting and response throughout North America. If an incident is detected, the wearable will ring and enable a voice connection with the emergency monitoring service. The device can be worn as a pendant, watch or belt, and it doesn't need to be used with a smartphone. Customized for use with the Cloud- based GeoPro safety management app, the wearable and app provide "a complete lone worker safety solution that's low cost, easy to deploy and requires minimal end-user training," the company says. New VR experience for oil, gas industry The PetroLMI Division of Energy Safety Canada has launched Experience the Energy: Take the Tour, a first-of-its-kind virtual reality (VR) tour of Canada's oil and gas work sites. Users put on a headset and are transported to seven different types of sites. They experience everything from watching a smart pig detect the health of a pipeline to seeing the largest trucks in the world at work. It's a cost- effective way to see, understand and be a part of the industry, Energy Safety Canada says. VR training has been shown to improve learning outcomes and reduce overall training time and costs. Energy Safety Canada is further exploring how VR can be used to provide safety training to the oil and gas industry.

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