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Connected safety for your pulp and paper workers.

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Wherever there’s a need for safety, we’re there.

The pulp and paper industry is an crucial sector that produces essential goods for our daily life. It does, however, involve a range of potential hazards to workers. Particularly concerning are the risks of gas exposures and the safety of lone workers. For example, gas hazards can include:

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Connected gas detection and lone worker monitoring for the Pulp and Paper industry.

To help mitigate some of these risks, your team needs to employ a connected gas detection system to protect them from potentially deadly gas exposures. Plus, whether they are working alone in remote areas or separated from colleagues in a busy mill, lone worker safety features can offer fall and no motion detection, missed check-in alarms or an S.O.S. latch to immediately call for help.

Lone Worker Safety Personal Gas Detection Area Monitoring
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G7 EXO area monitor

Lone workers such as the geologists, surveyors and loggers working remotely, especially those outside of cell coverage, need a lifeline that links them to help in case any incident occurs. 

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With various gas hazards in the pulp and paper industry and the need for confined space entries, workers need a connected safety solution to ensure they are always protected.

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When it comes to monitoring the air quality in mills, G7 EXO deploys in minutes, delivering reliable connectivity for 100+ days, even in the harshest conditions. You can always rely on G7 EXO to perform when you need it most.

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Pulp and Paper Toxic and Combustible Gas Hazards

  • Main gas hazards
  • The chemical pulping of the Kraft process in digester units that breaks down wood chips into pulp releases H2S from lignin.
  • From the delignification process, the H2S used can become entrained in the plant steam lines.
  • The bleaching process uses Cl2 and ClO2 (or less commonly, O3). 
  • After bleaching, removing the chlorine requires SO2 to wash the slurry.
  • Recovery boilers mix black liquor with salt cake which generates a chemical smelt with risk of explosion. 
  • Pulp is sent to burner decks to be dried, requiring methane / natural gas (CH4) to heat the burner and presents a combustible gas hazard
  • Confined spaces in paperboard mills, tanks and silos (to name a few) can have toxic atmospheres and need proper testing and monitoring if a CSE is required.  

On average, there are ten worker fatalities per year in the U.S. pulp and paper industry.

(Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Pulp and Paper Lone Worker Risks

  • Field operators and forestry workers harvesting wood in remote locations risk slips, trips, falls, injuries, inclement and unpredictable weather , animal attacks and vehicular accidents. Even getting locked out of a service vehicle can be dangerous if a worker is out of reach of assistance. 
  • The remote locations of logging sites are often out of cell coverage - satellite connected lone worker devices, such as G7x, are critical to ensure worker safety.
  • Various types of noisy machinery and equipment are used throughout the pulp and paper process and are the leading causes of injury in the industry. Even if a worker is in a mill with nearby workers, noise levels can overpower calls for help. A lone worker solution, like the G7's SOS latch can allow a worker to call for help wherever they are. 

The connectivity and software to further protect your team.

Blackline’s connected safety and robust software offering provide the pulp and paper industry with solutions that offer ultimate protection from worksite hazards and help you run a more efficient operation.

Next-level safety – The Blackline Live online portal allows you to manage your G7 connected safety devices, monitor your facility and your workforce’s well-being in real-time, respond to emergencies and report on collected data. Simple compliance is no longer good enough.

Unmatched visibility – Blackline Analytics provides a complete view of your connected safety fleet’s compliance, usage and alert data in a single, easy-to-use tool. Analyze real-time and historical data to anticipate potentially dangerous situations and prevent incidents from happening.

Enhanced productivity – Connected devices deliver data that can uncover opportunities to increase operational efficiency, offering the potential to save millions in lost revenue.

Optimized responses – Comprehensive safety monitoring and mass notifications give you complete and swift control of evacuation and emergency management.

Always at the ready – Blackline’s in-house Safety Operations Center is staffed 24/7 with professionally trained monitoring agents focused exclusively on ensuring the safety of your people.

The connected devices you need for unparalleled safety.

With Blackline’s comprehensive suite of safety devices, you get a complete ecosystem that leaves no aspect of worker or worksite safety to chance. Whether you need personal safety monitoring, gas detection or area monitoring, every G7 solution offers turn-key connectivity and versatility.

Trustworthy protection – Poison-immune combustible gas monitoring with broad spectrum LEL detection

Efficient execution – Connect in minutes wherever the device is placed or worn

Built for extremes – Face tough and rugged conditions, on any worksite, anywhere in the world

Ready and reliable – The G7 EXO’s100+ days of battery life allows devices to remain in operation longer, reducing the manpower needed to swap batteries or devices and the number of permits required.

Direct-to-Cloud connectivity – Industry-leading cellular and optional satellite connectivity for remote areas (e.g. bring the magnetic satellite bridge with you from your truck to your ATV), streaming all data directly to the cloud

Low cost of ownership – G7 EXO’s extra-long battery life eliminates the need to purchase extra monitors, saving tens of thousands of dollars. And with connected wearables, you can easily locate a lost device

Immediate awareness - Text and email alerts keep you fully aware device status and active situations

No nonsense – Eliminate the need for LEL correction factors, minimizing unnecessary and costly evacuations from false readings

Maximum flexibility – Thousands of gas detection configurations available in single-gas to five-gas detectors with or without a pump

Uncompromised safety – Extensive person down safety features such as fall detection, missed check-in alarms, an S.O.S. latch to call for immediate assistance and no-motion detection, two-way communications and push-to-talk functionality

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