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Honeywell unveiled a real-time safety monitoring tool for workers in plant and remote operations.

Honeywell Connected Plant Skills Insight Personal Gas Safety helps to protect lives and enable faster response in case of hazardous leaks or worker injury.

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The tool uses wearable gas detectors that monitor gas, radiation and dust, and are integrated with Honeywell’s distributed control system, Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS). In case of harmful exposures, man-down or panic alarms of workers in the field, accurate, automated alarms now alert control room operators in real time. In addition, safety teams can get detailed trending, reporting and data analysis of the gas detectors to further ensure safe operations.

“Monitoring worker safety and ensuring proper response to emergencies are top priorities for industrial producers,” said Adrian Fielding a director at Integrated Protective Solutions for Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS). “Personal Gas Safety gives plant operators eyes and ears in the field to improve their situational awareness, helping avoid potentially life-threatening conditions while also providing workers with the assurance that help will be on the way quickly if they need it.”

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Personal Gas Safety provides critical alarm reporting, sensor and calibration status, worker identification and location data from the wearable gas detectors. The detectors are equipped with a panic button for emergencies as well as a sensor for automatic man-down alerts. Critical alarms from detectors are displayed on control room monitors, showing the location and exposure status of personnel to enable faster and better coordinated response by operators.

“Because this safety solution is integrated into Experion PKS, plant operators can analyze the data to take proactive steps to improve safety,” said Tony Downes, global process safety advisor, HPS. “They can identify and stop trace gas leaks, flag non-compliant or malfunctioning gas monitors for removal from the field, and more quickly generate safety reports for regulatory compliance as well as help reduce maintenance costs. With Personal Gas Safety people competency now links directly to the performance of the plant, resulting in better productivity and safety.”

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