Improving safety in the mining industry
Dräger says this partnership extends its reputation as a digital solutions provider, delivering end-to-end, interconnected solutions to further enhance the safety of personnel in the industry and in other safety operations. This follows on from a prior strategic partnership made with Ontario Mine Rescue (OMR) to provide Focus FS’ Emergency Response software to over 30 mining sites across the province back in 2022.
Focus FS is an intelligent documentation, communication and emergency response platform. It connects emergency coordinators, team captains and ground personnel through bespoke solutions to modernise daily operations, enhance user safety and mitigate risk in hazardous environments and operations.
Data is collated via automated, real-time reports through digital maps, equipment monitoring, notes and photo sharing. It enables incident commanders to update and alert mine rescue teams to potential hazards as they happen. Focus FS saves valuable time with life-saving decisions by providing the end-user with readily available incident data in one central location. It also creates a documented audit trail for post-incident review to increase incident visibility and mitigate risk during and after an operation that has taken place.
With a customisable and flexible platform, users can benefit from a simple, consistent administrative program, enabling automated action plans and a managed workflow that empowers individuals to set, track and create safety goals. It also enables them to maintain and increase emergency readiness of teams, assets and equipment according to their individual and collective needs.
Future developments involve the integration of Focus FS with Dräger gas detection and the BG ProAir breathing apparatus, utilising automation to clear communication channels and create a unified monitoring and control panel for emergency services personnel.
Liz Millward, Marketing Manager, Emergency and Rescue Services at Draeger Safety UK, says the launch of Focus FS recognises the importance of connectivity and data within emergency response planning and operation: “Having an emergency response plan is vital for every mining operation, but obstacles exist that can result in unwanted and unnecessary outcomes.
“With a marked focus on connectivity, we can protect personnel in hazardous environments by auto-logged, data-based solutions to help keep them safe. Next steps for this technology are to integrate existing and future hardware into the Focus FS program. This will create a fully connected user interface, capable of detecting, managing and documenting incident and personal data as it comes in, leaving incident commanders free to provide tailored support as events unfold.”