The 28th April every year marks the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. A day to focus on the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally, to raise international attention on the magnitude of the issue and raise awareness of the dangers to help reduce the number of work-related deaths and injuries across the world.
In 2020, there were 1.7 million documented cases of work-related injury/illness in the UK alone.
As a design agency, we’ve spent decades specialising in the design and engineering of products for the safety and medical markets. Helping our clients promote health and safety in the workplace, and subsequently use technology and innovative product design to reduce injury and death.
Here are just a few of the projects we’ve worked on which are helping keep workers safe at work:
Respiratory Protective Equipment, RPE, is essential for protecting people in many lines of work from airborne hazards in the workplace.
As specialists in the field of RPE design, we saw that the pandemic was presenting particular challenges for existing PPE and got to work on finding a reusable solution that offered two-way filtration and visibility for clearer communication.
The result was the Easimask 200R – a 4x award-winning design, changing the face of respiratory protection in healthcare.
In the mining industry, detecting toxic and flammable gases is an essential capability in protecting the health and safety of workers. Heavy duty gloves are often worn, which can make it difficult and time consuming to operate traditional detection equipment.
Trolex presented Design Reality with a challenge – to create a rugged, durable housing for their GasHawk personal gas monitor, so that it could keep working even in the most challenging of environments.
Since the 1990s, firefighters had used hand-held thermal imaging cameras to see through the thick smoke often encountered in fire fights. These systems were often heavy, bulky, and required firefighters to make split-second decisions between looking down at a thermal imaging camera screen or keeping their eyes on the situation around them.
With Scott Sight, we helped design a hands-free, in-mask thermal imaging solution, which provides award-winning situational intelligence for firefighters on the front-line.
Tight-fitting RPE is used as a last line of defence against respiratory hazards in the workplace; however, in order to work effectively it must fit the user appropriately.
In addition to an annual Fit Test used to determine whether the RPE is the correct size/shape for an individual, every time the equipment is donned the user must perform a Fit Check to ensure no gaps are present in the seal.
Traditionally, this has been a manual, subjective process which is often forgotten or not performed correctly.
FitCheck Technology is an award-winning system which quantifiably measures the level of fit your RPE gives, every time you put it on. The wearer, those around them and those monitoring remotely can immediately be warned of any breach immediately, through the inbuilt a warning light system and app integration.
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