Video enhanced software provides real-time data to mine operators
Posted March 3, 2017
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is offering its latest version of dust control software free of charge to mine operators. The Enhanced Video Analysis of Dust Exposures (EVADE) 2.0 pulls together video footage and exposure data on dust, diesel and gases, and sound into one display for a comprehensive view of the hazards miners face.
EVADE synchronizes all the incoming data files and displays changing exposure levels alongside the video. This allows mine operators to see what is happening during the periods of highest exposure, and use that information to target a change or intervention. NIOSH points out that prolonged or repeated exposures to hazardous substances or sound levels can damage workers’ health or hearing.
The most recent version of EVADE can process data from almost any type of hazard sampler, including a noise dosimeter. Older versions of the software were limited to helmet-mounted cameras. EVADE can also synchronize and display video from a variety of video cameras, both worn and set up at fixed locations.
While EVADE was designed for use in mine settings, NIOSH says the software can also be used to assess hazards in other industries such as construction and oil and gas.
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