Equivital has received the IECEx, ATEX and Class 1, Division 1 certification for its product, the EQ02 LifeMonitor. The system can now be used in hazardous and explosive environments in Europe and North America, as well as other countries that recognise these standards. According to the company this is the first body worn multi parameter physiological sensor system to receive this certification. ATEX is a directive mandating the testing and certification of equipment used in potentially explosive atmospheres established by the European Union in 2003. The IECEx provides assurance that equipment and systems are manufactured and operated according to International Standards of safety. The EQ02 LifeMonitor, a body worn sensor that logs and transmits mobile human performance data in real time, has been adapted to meet the demands of the hazardous worker environment. Equivital’s Black Ghost system uses data sent from the EQ02 LifeMonitor as well as other sources of relevant data including GPS and weather to provide continuous, real-time safety, welfare and wellbeing monitoring. The system has been designed to be used by workers that operate in challenging and potentially hazardous industrial environments, such as petrochemical processing plants and offshore drilling rigs. It gives real-time information on worker safety and welfare and to improve site operational efficiency.
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.