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ESI are celebrating 30 years of the SOS sensor this year!

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Silicon-on-Sapphire (SOS) sensor technology has emerged as a cornerstone in the design and functionality of ESI's intrinsically safe pressure transmitters, playing a pivotal role in ensuring reliable and accurate measurements in hazardous environments. The combination of silicon's sensing capabilities and sapphire's resilience creates a symbiotic relationship that addresses the challenges posed by harsh environments in hazardous locations.

The SOS sensor leverages the exceptional properties of both silicon and sapphire to deliver unparalleled performance. The Sapphire offers remarkable durability, chemical inertness, and resistance to extreme temperatures. The silicon is grown onto the surface of the sapphire substrate creating a sensor that benefits from the best of both materials. The silicon provides sensitivity and accuracy, while the sapphire substrate shields it from corrosive chemicals, abrasive substances, and high temperatures, ensuring long-term reliability in even the harshest environments.

The use of Silicon-on-Sapphire Technology is particularly crucial in intrinsically safe pressure transmitters designed for hazardous locations. In environments where the risk of explosion is present, safety is of utmost importance. Intrinsically safe devices are engineered to prevent the release of sufficient electrical or thermal energy to ignite a hazardous atmosphere. ESI's pressure transmitters, incorporating SOS sensor technology, meet these stringent safety requirements while delivering accurate and dependable pressure measurements.

The inherent electrical insulation properties of sapphire play a pivotal role in achieving intrinsic safety. Sapphire is an excellent insulator, preventing the passage of electric current and reducing the risk of sparking or overheating. This makes SOS sensors inherently safer for use in explosive atmospheres compared to traditional sensors that may pose a higher risk.

Additionally, silicon-on-sapphire technology enables ESI to create pressure transmitters with a compact design without compromising performance. The thin, yet robust, nature of the SOS sensor allows for the development of smaller and lighter devices, making them easier to install and maintain in tight spaces within industrial facilities.

As industries continue to prioritise safety and accuracy in their operations, SOS technology is poised to remain at the forefront of intrinsically safe pressure transmitter solutions, providing a reliable and durable solution for critical applications.

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International Gas Detectors, Ltd. are excited to announce the latest addition to our product range: the TOC-903-X5 gas transmitter. Our new gas detector transmitter provides a huge leap in technology to the gas detection market, with its dual gas sensing

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Wide-Range of Applications

Our TOC-903-X5 is approved for ATEX explosive zones 1 and 2 and, dust zones 21 and 22. Available as a standalone device, on our legacy 4-20mA analogue system or, on our unique 2-Wire addressable systems. Providing an all-in-one gas transmitter. 

It also features non-intrusive, one-person calibration, perfect for simple and easy servicing in ATEX-zoned areas. We have designed this gas detector transmitter with the user in mind, including easy-to-navigate digital menus and an at-a-glance light ring for instant detector status. Ensuring you receive all of the vital information you need, as and when you require it.

Dual or Remote Gas Detector Capability:

The TOC-903-X5 brings dual sensor capability to the market. So you can have one directly connected or two directly connected gas sensors [Image A & B] of any mix, from our TOC-102 sensor range. This drastically reduces CAPEX cost by reducing the number of transmitters required. 

For applications where you have a mixture of heavier and lighter than air gas types; our TOC-903-X5 has remote detector capabilities [Image C & D].

With easy integration into any new or existing IGD gas detection system, our TOC-903-X5 is incredibly flexible. With dual and remote sensing capability and over 400 gas sensors available with plug-replaceable capability, you can easily switch the sensors in your X5. 

Leading Sensor Technology

Each sensor is guaranteed to come with IGD's leading sensor technology, ensuring you are getting the best possible gas detection capabilities with long operational life from an experienced manufacturer.

The TOC-903-X5 automatically updates when detectors are fitted, updating the information on the transmitter. Including the gas type, range, measurement type and, alarm levels. 

There is no need to spend time setting the unit up, and minimises the potential human error, as the X5 does this for you. This latest gas transmitter is compatible with many of our accessories, so you know this versatile device is keeping your team safe.

 

Long-Life Guaranteed 

The X5 also comes with a 10-year warranty on electronics and full support from the service team at IGD. Reducing the cost of upkeep on your system, but also confirming that your gas transmitter is in perfect working condition throughout its life.

Manufactured utilising over a century of experience in the gas detection industry, guaranteeing a high-quality gas detector for your gas safety. 

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It's easy to see why this is the most versatile gas transmitter available on the market. These are just a few of the features of the TOC-903-X5, check out the product page on our website for more information.

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The digital revolution in hazardous areas: Pepperl+Fuchs presents new intrinsically safe 5G smartphone Smart-Ex® 03

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The new Smart-Ex® 03 smartphone paves the way for future-oriented digitalization of hazardous areas

ThPepperl+Fuchs presents the intrinsically safe Smart-Ex® 03, a new and resilient 5G- and Wi-Fi 6-enabled smartphone. The 6-inch device combines all the expertise and know-how of the Pepperl+Fuchs subsidiaries ECOM Instruments as a pioneer in intrinsically safe mobile devices, and Aava Mobile as an expert in industrial tablets and wireless technologies. In addition, the smartphone scores with global, competent, and customer-oriented support.

The smartphone, approved for use in Zone 1/21 and DIV 1, with AndroidTM 13 operating system complies with the latest technical standards such as 5G, Wi-Fi 6 and eSIM and is therefore ideally equipped for flexible worldwide use in public and private networks of mobile network providers or companies. Thanks to fast and security-focused transmission of large amounts of data, users benefit from state-of-the-art functions for communication and collaboration. These include, for example, remote support, video conferencing, or digital radio communication with lowest latency by means of Push-to-Talk over cellular (PTToC).

“We have built up profound expertise in communication infrastructures over many years, which is also manifested in our cooperation with Ericsson. We have incorporated this expertise into the development of the Smart-Ex® 03. As a result, users in hazardous areas in a wide range of industries benefit from a resilient 5G- and Wi-Fi 6-enabled smartphone that supports the latest technical standards and ensures outstanding connectivity,” explains Jörg Hartleb, Head of Product Management for Mobile Computing and Communications at Pepperl+Fuchs.

Created for a wide range of applications

Another advantage: with the Qualcomm® QCM6490 processor the Smart-Ex® 03 is predestined for a wide range of applications such as communication, digital workflows and work order management, operational safety, scanning, asset management, predictive maintenance, augmented reality applications, or IoT integration. “The Smart-Ex® 03 advanced 5G rugged device is powered by the Qualcomm QCM6490 processor with international wireless connectivity support for ubiquitous coverage. The QCM6490 combines premium tier features, intelligent computing, and on-device AI for powerful long-term performance even in the toughest environments, such as the oil, gas, chemical, or hydrogen industries” adds Sebastiano Di Filippo, Senior Director, Business Development at Qualcomm Europe, Inc.

The smartphone has a state-of-the-art camera that precisely addresses the requirements of industry for scanning, documenting, or video conferencing. Even in harsh industrial environments or in sunlight, the camera delivers accurate, high-quality results. The Smart-Ex® 03 offers companies resilient technology and outstanding connectivity, especially in industries such as oil and gas, chemicals, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, energy, and mining. In line with the Pepperl+Fuchs “Enterprise Mobility” concept, the smartphone ensures maximum efficiency in terms of digitalization and cost savings.

Thanks to the desktop mode and full support of the USB 3.1 Type-C standard, the Smart-Ex® 03 can be connected directly to a computer monitor, keyboard and mouse via a multiport adapter or a docking station and thus can serve as a fully-fledged replacement for an office PC. This not only facilitates the further use of the data collected in the facility, which does not have to be transferred to another device first but can be transferred to the company network via a direct Ethernet connection. In addition, there is no need to provide a fixed workstation for mobile workers who only occasionally work in the office. As a further convenience and, above all, security feature, the Smart-Ex® 03 is the only intrinsically safe smartphone on the market to offer a fingerprint sensor that allows unlocking without entering a code and provides additional security thanks to multi-factor authentication.

Innovative security architecture

The successor to the Smart-Ex® 02, redesigned from the ground up, impresses with a further developed safety architecture, which is particularly effective when used in potentially explosive areas. This includes, for example, hardware and software self-monitoring by means of device health monitoring.

Sophisticated diagnostic tools, detailed log files and remote control by corporate IT pave the way for continuous device monitoring and targeted problem solving. Competent support from corporate IT or, if required, from Pepperl+Fuchs ensures optimum device availability. In addition, users benefit from the worldwide sales and service network with over 80 company-owned locations as well as remote support from Pepperl+Fuchs. This always guarantees direct contact and availability of highly qualified experts.

5G for brilliant connectivity

The 5G radio standard in particular allows the Smart-Ex® 03, which also supports 5G Standalone (SA), to provide outstanding connectivity. 5G has paved the way for industry 4.0 by significantly accelerating machine-to-machine communication.

The manufacturer is currently in the process of having the Smart-Ex® 03 smartphone tested and approved by international mobile network operators to ensure optimal network performance – including T-Mobile US, Vodafone, Orange, Telefónica, KPN, Claro, LG U+ and AT&T, among others. This will ensure optimal connectivity around the globe – on both public and private mobile networks. At the same time, device and network management is significantly simplified by eSIM. This means that network changes can be carried out flexibly and remotely without having to replace a physical SIM card. In addition to an eSIM, the Smart-Ex® 03 can also be used with a nano-SIM.

Cutting-edge operating system supports segmented networks

The software of the smartphone also meets the latest technical standards: with AndroidTM 13, the Smart-Ex® 03 has a cutting-edge operating system that optimally supports communication within segmented networks. The smartphone can, in the future, be upgraded to at least AndroidTM 15. The intrinsically safe Smart-Ex® 03 fulfils the high specifications for AndroidTM Enterprise Recommended and thus meets the highest demands in terms of business use and security. And last but not least, up to 128 GB of internal memory offer sufficient capacity for all the digital documents and records that mobile workers need during their assignments.

Web: www.pepperl-fuchs.com

CLIMATE CHALLENGE:

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“Whatever the weather, business must go on” say Hart

With a significant number of major storms hitting the UK, Climate Change inevitably raises its threatening head yet again writes Nick Hart, managing director, Hart Door Systems.

As an island the UK’s climate has always been influenced by its surrounding seas and the near Continent, be it Scandinavia or Europe. There are however subtle changes afoot as demonstrated by the 10 named storms between September 2023 and the end of January 2024 which most recently included warnings of isolated Tornados hitting us.

Under this process of change what does this mean for industry? We at Hart Door Systems lead the way in taking on the storm threat through our high-speed Speedor range of highspeed doors in particular with our Speedor Storm which has been specifically designed to face the storm challenge.

The automated Speedor Storm has wind resistance on a large external openings in mind, up to 6m x 8m or 8m x 6m. Available up to class 5 as defined by DIN EN 12424, the best maximum test pressure capable of withstanding 1250 Pa of pressure across the door face, the equivalent of wind in excess of 70 miles per hour.

The smaller the door the higher the wind speed it can withstand as all Speedor Storms have the same construction. If a client wants a door capable of even higher wind-loads than wind-class 5 then we offer the Typhoon door which can meet either a 3000Pa specification or a 4000Pa and can be made up to eight meters wide. This product is ideal for very high wind-load situations and is why it’s been so successful in the Far East where they regularly experience tropical Cyclones.

Most recently Hart despatched an SR4 roller shutter for Indonesia. It is presently at sea around South Africa due to Red Sea security issues. When it arrives this very high security shutter with rapid door operation will be installed by the client with technical video support from Hart’s headquarters at key stages of the installation process. 

Returning to the issue of climate, clearly there is a need for industry to pay attention to accelerating storm threats because manufacturing and subsequent product distribution generates frequent use of industrial doors. If not automated, doors can be left open disrupting the working environment and wasting expensively heated air. Whatever the weather, business must go on.

www.hartdoors.com

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Zero ozone depleting potential with Tundra refrigerant air dryers

As of 2024, the entire popular and high-performing Tundra range of refrigerant air dryers from Hi-line Industries will transition to R-513A, a refrigerant with zero ozone depleting potential (ODP) that helps customers to enhance their sustainability credentials. Although Hi-line attributes the success of the Tundra range in compressed air applications to its ultra-reliable performance, energy efficiency and reasonable price tag, the introduction of R513-A and its zero ODP means there really is no need to go anywhere else for refrigerant air dryers.

R-513A (Opteon™ XP10) refrigerant is a hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) based replacement for R-134a. Ideal for use in medium and low temperature refrigeration products, such as Tundra air dryers, R-513A offers 56% lower GWP (global warming potential) than R-134a, delivering long-term sustainability and F gas legislation compliance.

Notably, R-513A resides in the A1 (non-flammable) safety class, making it an ideal retrofit candidate for R-134a, while offering very similar cooling performance. R-513A also provides negligible temperature glide to ensure reliable performance day after day.

Despite the new innovation in refrigerant development, Hi-line intends to hold pricing for the Tundra range firm throughout 2024. This initiative will help customers combat challenging trading conditions and remain competitive in their respective industries.

                                                                                                                                                                        

Tundra refrigeration air dryers are in widespread use across UK industry, improving the quality of compressed air, protecting valuable assets, and outperforming rival technologies in energy efficiency by minimising pressure drop and lowering absorbed power. Among further features driving Tundra’s energy-efficient characteristics is a patented single-cell heat exchanger, which delivers highly efficient heat transfer at low energy costs, and a link between the controller and condensate removal valve for minimum loss of compressed air during condensate discharge. To indicate the regard held for Tundra as a value-added solution for companies running compressed air systems, this innovative product recently gained recognition at the prestigious iPlex Awards, in the ‘Energy Management Innovation’ category.

Indeed, the acknowledgement of Hi-line’s impact on industry stretches far beyond Tundra refrigeration air dryers, with Managing Director Steve Smith’s recent induction into the Industrial Plant and Equipment Hall of Fame a case in point. Steve Smith has a depth of experience in the compressed air sector that spans over 40 years. In particular, the judges praised his commitment to corporate social responsibility, whether it is his willingness to take the lead on charity initiatives, or Hi-line’s sponsorship of local sporting teams. On this note, the company will continue to sponsor Tom Hamer, defender at League One football club Burton Albion, throughout the 2023/24 season.

Hi-line are also sponsors of Burton Rugby Football Club – First Team with the logo on the chest of all the First Team Shirts. Along with the sponsorship of the Hi-line Moto X team, this year Hi-line’s sponsorship is extend further by sponsoring Help for Heroes to enable the rehabilitation of war veterans to travel pillion on a motor cycle along Route 66.

Further information is available from: Hi-line Industries Ltd,

Green Street, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire  DE14 3RT

Telephone: 01283 533377                                           Fax: 01283 533367              

e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                      www.hilineindustries.com

ATEX, UKCA and IECEX Equipment Manufacturers Quality Requirements

Given the onerous nature of an explosion, special certification schemes have been set up to control the design and certification of equipment for use in potentially explosive atmospheres.  Although the schemes differ globally (some are mandatory under law, some are simply procurement specifications), the bases for design and certification is similar, and the schemes normally rely on empirical testing, constructional assessment and ‘production control’ by a recognised Certification Body.

The production control (quality management) part of certification is known as a Quality Assurance Notification (ATEX and UKCA) or Quality Assurance Registration (IECEx) and the Standard that is applied is EN ISO IEC 80079-34. The Quality Module/Registration permits the manufacture of equipment that holds a ‘Type Examination’ Certificate where the concept of the certification (for example Flameproof, Ex d) is covered by the quality assessment and certificate. The Quality Module/Registration is considered an ‘Add on’ to ISO9001. It requires ATEX to be addressed or considered in each applicable clause of the Standard of ISO9001 or that a ‘Quality Plan’ be created that also adequately addresses the requirements.

Quality Module/Registration audits are normally conducted by an auditor with experience of both Quality Systems and Hazardous Area products. Unlike an ISO audit, where the worst-case scenario is losing your ISO accreditation, non-compliances in a Quality Module/Registration could lead to your products being recalled from the market!

These requirements require an internal person (normally referred  to as the ‘Authorized Person’ to have significant knowledge of EN ISO IEC 80079-34 and the protection concepts used for manufacturing. An example of the types of things the Ex Quality System would need to address are given below:

  • On receipt of an EX sales enquiry, how do you ensure that what the customer requests is covered by your certificate? (gas groups, zone, temperature class, etc.)
  • How would you indicate and control an EX build from the design plan?
  • Controls in place to ensure  all units are built to within the scope of the ‘schedule’ drawings (the drawings listed on the certificate).  Ensure these drawings remain unchanged, if a change is required apply for a ‘variation’ through the issuing Body.
  • How would procurement be controlled to ensure suitably rated EX parts and/or materials are sourced and verified ?
  • Are EX parts inspected prior to installing them by someone with appropriate competence ?
  • How do you know what other special features are required for an EX build
  • Is everyone who works on an EX unit specially trained on Ex equipment Installation and Inspection.
  • Were all materials such as potting/encapsulation within ‘use by’ dates?
  • Does the final inspection and test plan cover the EX routine tests and requirements?
  • Record all routine tests with signatures/tractability. Ensure all equipment is calibrated.
  • Ensure you have a record of where each ATEX certified unit is delivered in case there needs to be a re-call.
  • Cover ATEX on agendas for management meetings (to discuss related issues) and in your audit schedule.
  • Considered Standards listed on your CE/UKCA Declaration of Conformity within your Quality System as controlled documents. You should have a mechanism for knowing when these standards change or are withdrawn and take the appropriate action.
  • Have an ‘EX Authorized Person’ listed in your ATEX Quality Module System, this person is normally technical and well trained in ATEX, and  is the ‘go to’ person for interpreting the schedule drawings, working with the Notified Body and periodically reviewing the Standards.

 

ExVeritas issue ATEX and UKCA QANs, IECEx QARS, UKAS ISO9001 and other global quality approvals such as INMETO and CCC audits. ExVeritas also offer ‘Ex Authorized Person’ training for both internal and external auditors. Please view our training for more details. www.exveritas.com

Why do we need intrinsically safe instrumentation?

Typical hazardous locations include the more obvious places such as flour mills, coal mines, petrochemical plants, fuel transfer facilities etc. However, some not so obvious hazardous locations also include waste water treatment plants, saw mills, tunnels and underground passageways or any location where a build-up of naturally occurring flammable material (such as methane or dust) could occur.

In many of these locations there is a need for condition monitoring, i.e. measuring the vibration levels and temperature of rotating machinery. The equipment needed to do the monitoring must therefore be “intrinsically safe”, in other words it must be incapable of igniting an explosive atmosphere, should one exist.

The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) require employers to control the risks to safety from fire and explosions. Consequently, this entails compliance with BS EN 1127 (Explosive atmospheres - explosion prevention and protection), which in turn requires that any electrical equipment used is intrinsically safe and complies with BS EN IEC 60079.

The likelihood of an explosive atmosphere existing is dealt with in these standards by the definition of various zones. However, it is the responsibility of the plant operator to decide which parts of their plant are in which zones.

For IECEx (Worldwide) & ATEX (European) standards the following zones are defined:

Zone 0 - an area in which an explosive atmosphere is present constantly or for long periods or frequently.

 

Zone 1 - an area in which an explosive atmosphere is likely to occur in normal operation occasionally.

 

Zone 2 - an area in which an explosive atmosphere is not likely to occur in normal operation but, if it does occur, will persist for a short period only.

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Intrinsically safe instruments can cost many times more than their non-intrinsically safe equivalents. This is partly due to the increased manufacturing costs (e.g. additional safety components and encapsulation) but also due to the high cost of certification. However, Test Products International (TPI) believes it has achieved a real breakthrough with the very affordable TPI 9080Ex vibration analyser. The TPI 9080Ex combines on-meter diagnostics with the all-important ability to TREND readings over time to simplify condition based maintenance (CBM).

IECEx and ATEX certified for use in Zone 1 and with North American approval for Class I, Zone 1, the TPI 9080Ex is certified for use in hazardous locations anywhere in the world.

The TPI 9080Ex uses industry standard BNC connected intrinsically safe accelerometers and offers on-meter analysis for the detection of machine faults such as unbalance, misalignment, looseness and bearing wear. With full colour OLED display and Bluetooth communications, the TPI 9080Ex features colour coded alarms and zoomable on-screen vibration frequency plots with cursor readout. It can store lists (routes) of up to 1000 machines, each with up to 10 measurement points, with full waveform and frequency spectrum (FFT) capture.

The included free-to-use VibTrend PC-based trending and reporting software features high-end benefits such as automatic email notification of alarms and report generation to implement a full CBM strategy.  Routes and readings can easily be transferred to/from the TPI 9080Ex via Bluetooth using a smart phone or tablet running the free TPI Cloud Bridge App. This allows service personnel to be sent routes and return readings, no matter where they are in the world. 

In-line with TPI’s philosophy of being the value leader, the TPI 9080Ex has a list price of only £3,500.

For more information please contact TPI Europe’s head office on +44 1293 530196 or take a look on the website at www.tpieurope.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Explosion Safety EGV HYP – EHEDG certified vent panel for production facilities with highly elevated hygienic requirements

Meeting safety and process requirements at the same time is sometimes a challenge, especially in the pharmaceutical industry. Dust-handling equipment has to be equipped with explosion protective systems, which must also comply with all hygiene and sanitary requirements in production. The solution: Vent panels that can be used to produce hygienically sensitive powders.

The EGV HYP vent panel is an economical solution to the problem described, according to the strict criteria of the EHEDG (European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group). Specially designed for hygienically demanding processes, it protects the vessel in the event of an explosion by releasing flame and pressure. The smooth surface with the patented, full-flat, chamfered gasket system prevents deposits during the production process and during the cleaning of the system and thereby cross-contamination between batch processes. With the new, contrasting blue color of the seal, it is also easy to see if the seal is damaged and/or a mounting failure has happened.

The EGV HYP can be used without hesitation in critical systems such as spray dryers with / without CIP cleaning, fluid bed dryers and mixers and therefore offers a cost-effective safety solution according to the requirements of hygienic design.

 

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Fig.1: Certified in accordance with EHEDG: EGV HYP with patented, bevelled sealing concept for absolute hygiene. 

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Ensuring Safety in Hazardous Environments: ATEX Safety Showers

Introduction

In industries where flammable gases, vapours, and dusts are present, ensuring the safety of employees is of paramount importance. The European Union's ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU, aim to regulate equipment used in potentially explosive atmospheres, requiring companies to implement safety measures that mitigate the risk of ignition and protect personnel.

Background

All chemical manufacturing facilities that handle or specialise in the production of volatile chemicals should adhere to ATEX regulations to protect employees from potential hazards. One of the key aspects of ATEX compliance is the provision of safety equipment, including safety showers and eye wash stations.

The Challenge and Solution

Compliance with ATEX Regulations: The company needs to comply with ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU, which requires the implementation of safety measures to prevent explosions in areas with potentially explosive atmospheres. This includes providing ATEX-compliant safety showers.

Employee Safety: The safety of employees is a top priority. You need to ensure rapid and effective decontamination in case of chemical exposure.

Equipment Selection: Choosing the right ATEX-compliant equipment is essential.  You must evaluate the specific requirements of your facility, including location, potential hazard levels, and the number of showers needed.

The Solution

Get peace of mind knowing that safety showers from Aqua Safety Showers will be manufactured from corrosion resistant materials and come with a two-year warranty, further promoting a safety-conscious workplace culture.

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Arco Launches Industry First MATS and EUSR Certified Blended Learning Rooftop Training Course

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UK’s leading safety services company begins offering new option to its Rooftop Worker Scheme training course approved by the Mast & Tower Safety (MATS) Group and accredited by Energy & Utility Skills Register (EUSR).

Arco Professional Safety Services has created an industry approved blended learning option to an existing working at height training course. The course aims to provide delegates with the skills and experience required to safely access flat roofs in protected and unprotected areas. The blended option allows delegates of the course to complete the educational section of the course online, previously the entire course had to be completed in-person in a structured one-day session.

This blended learning version of the Rooftop Worker Scheme provides a flexible learning approach with bespoke integrated virtual reality exercises. It is also more cost effective than the traditional course at a 20% reduced rate while offering the same quality of learning, experience and certification.

As a blended learning course, participants will be required to complete seven online modules and a practical training and assessment session at one of four possible sites. The online portion of the course has training material that can be accessed by delegates as often as required. Once completed, candidates have 90 days to attend a practical assessment at one of Arco’s state of the art Safety Centres in Stafford, Bracknell, Trafford or Linlithgow (Scotland).

Topics covered in the Rooftop Worker Scheme syllabus include:

  • Legislation for working at height
    • Risk assessment awareness
    • Rooftop hazards and control measures
    • PPE – pre use checks and fitting harness, helmet, fall arrest and work positioning lanyards
    • Safe use of portable ladders
    • Edge protection
    • Horizontal and vertical systems (fixed and temporary)
    • Climbing techniques using harnesses, lanyards, and fixed systems
    • Awareness of emergency procedures

Falls from height continued to be the number one cause of work-related deaths in 2023 according to the latest statistics from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

Steve Dawson, Manager – Working at Height Training at Arco Professional Safety Services, said: “When it comes to working from height, regard for safety is paramount. We’re proud to be able to offer this brand-new training course carefully designed with the considerations to keep people safe when working on rooftops.

As industry leaders in working at height practices, Arco understands the necessity to provide these learning opportunities with specialist support to ensure the safety of workers where it matters most.”

This course is designed for all personnel that are required to access flat roof areas using a variety of access systems and harness-based fall protection equipment during their duties. The Rooftop Worker Scheme certificate will be valid for three years upon completion of the course.

To find out more about this course, see upcoming course dates and to enquire about booking, visit: https://www.arcoservices.co.uk/training/course-finder/working-at-height-training/rooftop-safety-training/rooftop-safety-blended-learning