Reduce heat-related incidents

Heat-related illness is a disturbing reality for workers in emergency services. Fire and rescue personnel are routinely exposed to extreme temperatures that can quickly lead to heat-stress and in severe cases, cardiac failure. The body struggles to adapt to the increased temperatures, heavy PPE-wear, and dehydration. This in turn leads to their core body temperature (CBT) becoming elevated and their cardiovascular system overstretched. It can result in the failure of multiple organs and, in severe cases, lead to death. This increases the risk of incidents, especially when working directly in the heat or with regular exposure to heat.

Monitoring fatigue levels

People working in emergency services like the police are often doing shift work, mandatory overtime and responding to critical incidents which are significant contributing factors of fatigue. Combined with high-stress and demanding environments it can become the perfect storm with severe implications on public safety and the force. Monitoring fatigue levels detect a lapse in energy, or an overwhelming need to sleep because of physical and mental exertion. This negatively impacts cognitive task performance, reaction times, concentration, memory, and judgement often increase the likelihood of an incident. Detecting when a worker is fatigued can be used to identify underlying causes and optimal times for performance.

Adopting reliable wearable safety technology

Despite consumer wearable technology advancements in recent years, emergency services personnel require more rugged solutions for active monitoring in hazardous environments and with multiple risk factors on duty. This includes heat stress, fatigue, dehydration, hyperthermia, hypothermia, endurance, head impact and fitness for deployment. During trials conducted with a Fire and Rescue Service in the UK, based on a range of exercises during real fire and Compartment Fire Behaviour Training (CFBT), Bodytrak recorded data for CBT and heart rate in real time within extreme temperatures whilst firefighters battled a real fire in a training environment. The real-time analysis of heat stress markers via Bodytrak, including a comparison of multiple vital signs, provides an individualised and continuous assessment of heat stress and builds upon the existing health and safety practices for firefighters.

Consistently safeguard your crews

In training, the highest risk groups are new recruits and personnel in the late stages of their career. New recruits are often not acclimatised when starting a new programme.  It’s a well-known fact that the body loses its efficiency to regulate the temperature and cardiovascular systems with age. Combined with the retirement age increasing, this will inevitably lead to more incidents if safety measures are not improved. In addition, trainers who are regularly exposed to extreme temperatures over time can suffer irreversible damage to their thermoregulatory systems.
Save lives
  • Overexertion and stress accounts for 54% of deaths for US firefighters. With real-time automated alerts for key markers of heat stress, fatigue, and man down, coupled with horizontal and vertical location monitoring, Bodytrak enables intervention to prevent incidents and alert for rapid assistance. Personnel can be safeguarded through real-time alerts via our cloud-enabled dashboard or via SMS and email notifications. committees
Ensure adoption of wearable safety technology
  • The convenience of a non-intrusive ergonomic ear-based solution means it’s very easy to don and dorf. It combines key features for safety monitoring with hearing protection and is compatible with audio communications devices such as digital mobile radios. The communications module has a smaller footprint and is lighter than a regular iPhone and can conveniently be clipped to a belt or placed into a pocket.
Monitor individuals, not environments
Tracking temperatures no longer needs to be a one-size-fits-all approach, limited by universal methods such as wet-bulb globe temperature (WBGT). Bodytrak enables different temperature thresholds to be set for each user on a personalised basis, using automated machine learning techniques. This helps to ensure intervention is only provided when necessary, and not too late.
Report using evidence-based data
Bodytrak is the centre point for digital health transformation across fire and police services because it gives evidence-based insights to optimise health and safety practice, improves resource management and reduces incidents. Automated reporting makes it easier to track KPIs, comply with administrative processes and report to health and safety and risk/audit committees.
FAQ

If an amber alert is triggered this represents a low-level warning indicating the user is approaching a preset threshold. In this instance, appropriate action should be taken based on internal company policies. If a red alert is triggered this indicates the user has exceeded the preset threshold and immediate action should be taken to avoid serious incidents, based on the company's internal policies. When the alert is triggered on the system the tile associated user's tile will move to the top of the Dashboard. Alerts will be displayed on the Dashboard according to severity priority. The alert status will remain in an active state until the source of the alert has been resolved, and in the case of red alerts until the acknowledgement toggle has been activated. e.g. If a user exceeds the preset core body temperature (CBT) threshold the red alert status will remain until the user’s temperature falls back below the threshold. This ensures necessary actions are taken to prevent serious incidents.

When a team member starts their shift, they need to remove the CommPack from the charging device and securely insert their personal issue Earpiece via the USB-C connector. Once the Earpiece is securely fitted in the indivdual's ear they can power on the CommPack, which will start the recording of a new session. Once the display illuminates with the Bodytrak logo and an ascending tone can be heard via the Earpiece, no further action is required by the wearer until the end of the session.

Preventing incidents and helping protect your team is our main priority. We offer full support over the course of a contract once you join the Bodytrak family so we are there to support you at every step.

The Bodytrak solution focuses on capturing the following data:
  • Core Body Temperature
  • Heart Rate
  • Heart Rate Variability
  • Physiological Strain Index
  • Fatigue
  • Man down
  • Noise exposure
  • Geolocation

The number of Bodytrak Platform users is essentially unlimited. There is no restriction on the number of supervisors/safety managers that can access the Platform and receive an alert if an individual exceeds the preset thresholds. User access can be managed on the Bodytrak Platform.

With availability in several regions, Bodytrak is being developed to support multiple languages. Speak to the team to find out more.