Fob System for Restricted Access Areas

As the project progresses there have been increasing numbers of restricted (small areas where 2no. people only can work in tight conditions, or where access/escape is difficult to achieve) and confined spaces. Normally, they would manage these with permits to access and work, though this is a paper system/manual system and does not allow for sufficient tracking of operatives. It also presents many opportunities for human error, loss of keys, etc.

The project have implemented the use of a ‘fob’ system to these areas. Areas considered restricted or confined spaces now have an access gate which is entered by an electronic fob (which is only held by operatives who have approved access to these areas). Any operative must be fully briefed on the safety procedures required to work in that area, before they receive their fob.

The fob can then be used to track which operatives have accessed/egressed each area along with the times. IT can also be used as a safety measure in areas of confined spaces to ensure all who accessed the area have also safely left. In case of an evacuation, this system can be used for accountability. In emergency situations we also know instantly who is in a restricted area. We have carried out regular checks to ensure those shown as present on the system in fact are, and vice versa.

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