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Potentially hazardous atmospheres: one product does not fit all

Written by ANT Telecom | 13 Feb 2014

Every business is different and has varying communication needs - and for those who operate in potentially hazardous atmospheres, those needs are both specialised and varied. When it comes to communication within potentially hazardous atmospheres it is paramount to consider a communication system that is not only appropriate for the individual user’s needs and overall business requirements but is also compliant with the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) regulations.

With employees working in a genuinely hazardous area, communication equipment can take on a dual role as safety equipment too. In this sense, a good communication solution is not only key for businesses success, but acts as a safeguard for lone workers and those who work in these dangerous or hazardous zones.

There are a variety of communication devices that are ATEX-certified including DECT, mobile GSM and Radio. However, the challenge lies in selecting the most appropriate solution for both the business and the user.

Ignoring these varied needs and implementing a communication system with a ‘one product fits all’ approach may result at best in a few disgruntled employees, but will more likely result in bottlenecks in processes and delays in staff not being able to readily communicate with each other as easily as they could do with a more suitable solution.

Selecting the right communication solution is challenging. Therefore, it is important to consider working with a communications provider that takes a consultative approach - in order to establish what the user and business requires and highlight the pros and cons of each of the various options - before suggesting the most sensible way to ensure effective business communication that is right for all.

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