The New ISO Standard 23875 That Will Save Lives

As any responsible employer knows – a clear threat to the health and welfare of your staff demands a clear response.

In heavy industry such as construction, mining, tunnelling and manufacturing, the obvious risks to health posed by clouds of workplace dust are increasingly addressed through various precautions and protections:

  • By staff wearing PPE
  • The installation of dust monitoring equipment
  • The application of various dust suppression techniques such as spraying water, or using local exhaust ventilation (LEV) or on-tool extraction.

Quite right too.

And with awareness of the dangers of dust increasing, so these protections become more effective as they are applied more extensively across different scenarios.

Which is great.

But the readily visible dust, the great plumes of obviously dangerous dust, the recognisable threat that industry works increasingly hard to mitigate – is only a part of the story.

The Punch You Don’t See Coming

More dangerous than the dust you can see, is the dust you can’t see.

The particulates that reach beyond workers benefiting from frontline protection to threaten support and ancillary staff.

An unfortunate consequence of focusing efforts solely on frontline workers is that too often there are other members of the team who aren’t monitored and protected. Plant and equipment operators working in enclosed cabins for example. They might assume they’re safe but, with microscopic airborne hazards so hard to detect, they’re still exposed to serious amounts of risk.

Which is one of the main reasons for the introduction of a new international standard for a consistent approach to designing, testing, operating, and maintaining the air-quality systems of operator enclosures – ISO 23875.

A standard that recognises and responds to the extent of the dangers caused by dust right across a working environment.

A Universally Popular Standard

It’s a move that’s been welcomed across the board with Australian Mining Safety Journal and Mining Review Africa writing, ‘the new standard is likely to place a greater emphasis on the air quality inside the cabin than previously addressed.’

A recent ISO workshop run by Jeff Moredock, Lead at the ISO Working Group advertised that the new cabin air standard will ‘Improve operator alertness, create a safer work environment and increase productivity.’

Of course the big question is how do you properly assess the air quality in your cabin?

How can you enforce a new and improved standard if you’re not able to accurately record particulate levels in real time?

New Standards in Dust Monitoring for New ISO Standard 23875

Which makes the introduction of new, wearable or in-cab dust detection monitoring technology such as the XD One so timely.

Low cost, lightweight, easy to use, easy to maintain and 5 times more accurate than other devices the XD One continuously measures every particle from as small as 0.35 to 40μm.

Issue every operator an XD One and they’re constantly reading the air quality in their immediate environment and instantly alerted to any danger.

Time you took a closer look at real-time operator cabin monitoring?

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We can also give you more details on how the XD One can help you align with ISO Standard 23875 as well as protect workers across your whole site from the danger of microscopic airborne particles.

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