Lone Worker Protection Devices - PASS

The protection of the lone worker has become a major concern for companies and administrations. It now concerns all sectors of activity. A Lone Worker Protection System, also called PASS (Personal Alert Safety System), is an electronic device designed to be worn by personnel working alone - out of sight or hearing - allowing its user to alert emergency services in case of dangerous situations.

Personal Alert Safety System (PASS)
  1. The Blackline Safety G7 EXO gas detection monitor is a new generation of equipment that transmits in real-time manner positions, measurements, and alerts on a cloud control platform that relays this information to all connected operators. Detection of explosive gases, Cl2, ClO2, CO, CO2, H2, H2S, HCN, NH3, O2, O3, SO2 & VOC (volatile organic compounds).

    • Geolocalized area monitoring monitor detecting up to 5 gases simultaneously
    • Blackline Live platform for data centralization, alerts, and fleet management in real-time
    • Simultaneous detection of up to 5 gases in diffusion or pump mode
    • 4 alarm levels (TWA, STEL, low and high exceedance)
    • Battery life up to 100 days in diffusion mode
  2. Personal alert safety system, or man down signal, designed to notify others in case of distress, the Bodyguard 1000 is free of periodic maintenance and features straightforward push button functionality.

    • Simple to use and easy maintenance
    • Compatible with all SCBAs
    • High profile audible and visual alarms
    • Data log of incident history
    • Temperature control
  3. The G7c Geolocated PASS is an ATEX personal alert safety system permanently connected to the Blackline Monitoring Center or to your internal online safety dashboard. This lone worker protection device can detect falls, immobility (man down signal) and signal incidents using the panic button. In addition, the Blackline Safety G7c also offers a walkie-talkie function that connects all users of a safety network on the same channel.

    • 24/7 Blackline Monitoring Center
    • PASS device with PTT button (push to talk)
    • Fall and immobility monitoring, automatic and manual alarm release
    • GPS location refreshed each 5 mins (5m precision)
    • 18 hours blife of 18h in normal use
  4. The G7c from Blackline Safety is a geolocated gas detector with an integrated lone worker alarm (IWAS) device. It is the first complete gas detection system (up to 5 gases simultaneously) that integrates 2G/3G connectivity with alarm functions with geolocation, alert (SMS, email, Talkie-Walkie.), and analysis via an archiving platform hosted on the cloud.

    • Geolocated multi-gas detector with PTI - explosive gases, Cl2, ClO2, CO, CO2, H2, H2S, HCN, NH3, O2, O3, SO2 & VOC detection
    • Full DATI (lone worker alert device) with PTT (push to talk) functionality
    • Real-time monitoring with GPS geolocation & 2G/3G connection
    • Available in broadcast mode or with a gas sampling pump
    • Very detailed analysis reports (graphs, bar graphs, alarm location, etc.

Lone worker protection

In France - as in many European countries - there is a well-defined legal framework which requires employers to equip their employees working alone with alarm and protection devices for lone workers, thus subjecting them to an obligation of result with regard to the safety of personnel. This is the decree 92-158 of February 20, 1992 of the labor code.

Many professions are included in the scope of lone worker protection. For example, workers in confined spaces, drinking water treatment and sanitation professionals, certain self-employed workers or professionals working on night duty. Lone workers can be found in a wide variety of sectors of activity, with employers being obliged to provide a PASS (Personal Alert Safety System), the choice of device being made according to the activity and its specificities.

Personal Alert Safety Systems (PASS)

A PASS (personal alert safety system) is a device used by one (or more) workers "out of sight and hearing" of others, capable of emitting or transmitting an alert in case of emergency in order to warn the rescue services. These alert devices often have 2 types of alarms: 

  • Manual or voluntary alarm, triggered by the wearer to request help in case of discomfort, slight injury, attempted assault, etc; 
  • Automatic alarm, triggered in case of loss of verticality (falls), sudden rise in temperature (in case of fire or explosion), lack of movement, removal of the device, etc. 

Several versions of PASS are available. From the simple sound and light alarm device to the more advanced versions with alarm reporting on a control receptor and GPS geolocation for an increased accuracy of the situations at risk. 

Today, manufacturers are developing real-time geolocated PASS, capable of wireless communication via a 2G or 3G connection, and transmitting alerts to an online platform (internal to a company or organization) and to specialized centers for alert management available to provide assistance 24 hours a day anywhere in the world.

Regulations concerning the protection of lone workers

In France, article L4121-1 of the Labor Code regulates the employer's obligations concerning the protection of lone workers. In many countries, clear regulations have been established to ensure a certain level of safety for people working alone or in difficult environments, in particular by equipping them with PASS devices for lone workers.