Bat Booth 2.0 personnel dedusting booth and workforce health monitoring system

Frontline defense against work-related lung disease, heat-stroke, and virus transmission

  • Rapidly dedusts workers using safe, refreshing compressed air
  • Removes particles from clothing and PPE in 10-12 seconds
  • Tracks usage for evidence of OH&S compliance management
  • AI instantly recognizes employees, contractors, regular users 
  • Automatically checks for elevated temperature (heatstroke, virus)
  • Real-time SMS/email alerts to first responders and supervisors
  • View activities and print reports from the management portal
  • Bat Booth 2.0 system is now available anywhere in the world

Why dedusting is vital for workers in dusty situations

Workers in many occupations are exposed to respirable dust – jobs in mining, quarrying, construction, agriculture, food processing, and manufacturing, for example. Prolonged exposure can cause diseases like silicosis, ‘black lung’, ‘farmer’s lung’, and lung cancer.

PPE (personal protective equipment such as face masks) can help protect workers from respirable dust while they’re doing their tasks. But then, the greater risk exists when they remove their contaminated clothing and PPE before taking a break or ending their shift. A study found that once a worker’s clothing becomes contaminated, the risk to the worker remains 10-times greater until the dust source is cleaned or removed.

This is why Mideco developed the original Bat Booth. Workers are dedusted before they remove PPE or clothing and any risk of dust inhalation is dramatically reduced. Dust is removed within a few seconds and the blast of air feels comfortable and refreshing. So, not only do workers stay safer in the future, they enjoy using Bat Booth several times each shift.

In April 2020, Mideco released Bat Booth 2.0 with enhanced features including built-in facial recognition of employees and contractors; advanced health-screening capabilities, and digital user control with live dashboards for managers to monitor Bat Booth 2.0 usage by individuals. The ability to store history ‘forever’ and print instant reports can be very useful as evidence of effective workplace health and safety management if needed.

Respirable dust consists of particles considered to have an aerodynamic diameter of 10 microns (10 µm) or less and able to enter and deposit into the gas-exchange region of the human lung. Bat Booth 2.0 removes respirable dust from clothing and PPE within seconds.

How temperature checks keep workplaces safer

Temperature-checking personnel is one of the key defenses against the workplace transmission of COVID-19. Yet long before anyone mentioned ‘coronavirus’, the need for temperature-checking in all outdoor and many indoor laboring environments was clear.

Heat-stress is not just a risk to workers who start becoming disoriented and uncoordinated before succumbing to the life-threatening symptoms of heat-stroke. Workers who are not in proper control of their decisions and actions can present a tremendous risk to coworkers and assets, particularly if their job involves the operation of vehicles or machinery.

Bat Booth 2.0 checks the temperature of users using algorithmic IR (infrared) mapping technology for accuracy within 0.3°. The process is non-invasive and takes only seconds. Whenever an anomaly is detected, the user is notified by an on-screen message, supervisors and first responders can be alerted instantly via SMS or email, and the event becomes easily visible on the management portal with instant drill-down to the details.

Regular users like employees and contractors are instantly recognized by Bat Booth 2.0 and new users are easily created. With the life-saving functionalities of Bat Booth 2.0 augmented by Bat Station (health checkpoints without dedusting), entire sites can be protected and monitored 24/7 through the Bat System management portal.

Bat Booth 2.0 mobile app interface

AI facial recognition and temperature-checking of users, even with PPE, takes just a few seconds as part of the dedusting process. Temperature-checking can alert to the potential risk of onsite COVID-19 transmission and save workers from life-threatening heat stress.

Management portal for multi-faceted derisking

Most modern industrial machinery comes loaded with sensors and apps in what’s called the era of ‘digital transformation’ or ‘IoT’. Bat Booth 2.0 became ‘intelligent’ in 2020 through a development partnership with Pulse, the Australian technology company behind many AI/BI breakthroughs in mining, quarrying, and other industries.

The Bat Booth 2.0 management portal provides real-time monitoring as each worker undergoes dedusting and temperature checking. AI facial recognition automatically logs time-stamped activities and checking results against individual records in the system. With live dashboard visibility for managers on any laptop or PC, and instant SMS or email alerts sent to first responders and supervisors, any risk of heat-stroke or potential onsite virus transmission can be eliminated or minimized without delay.

Beyond the minimization of immediate workforce risks like heat-stress and COVID-19 – the long-term value of Bat Booth 2.0 intelligence and record-keeping to companies could be helping to mitigate claims for dust-related lung diseases many years down the track. When workers are often employed by several different firms in the course of their career, it can be impossible to determine which site contributed more or less to the worker’s eventual condition, so liability can be apportioned arbitrarily between the various employers. However, with Bat Booth 2.0, companies can rely on forensic-standard reporting to show that the worker was dedusted to the highest NIOSH standards while at their site.

Bat Booth 2.0 management portal tracks dedusting activity by individual users and also their temperature-checking results in real-time. It’s easy to view, download, and print reports. Forensic-standard reporting data can be stored forever.

Ask about Bat Booth 2.0

Mideco makes it easy to consider the purchase of Bat Booth 2.0 through live online demonstrations; free onsite trials (some regions in Australia and other countries); generous trade-ins to switch from an original Bat Booth to Bat Booth 2.0 (Australia only); and obligation-free quotations. Your inquiry will be handled by Mideco directly or referred to your nearest Mideco agent.

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Download industry case studies

Aggressive environment

BHP Billiton, Olympic Dam SA

Cement production

Cemento Polpaico SA, Chile

Copper smelting

Glencore, Mt Isa QLD

Clay processing

3M, North Carolina USA

Clay processing

Austral Brick, Australia

Grain processing

Australia

Hard rock quarrying

Hanson Cement, Australia

Hard rock quarrying

Boral, Australia

Iron ore mining

Karara Mine, WA

Pharmaceuticals

Sun Pharmaceutical, TAS

Scientific studies and research papers

Reducing dust exposure from contaminated work clothing…

A.B. Cecala, D.E. Pollock, J.A. Zimmer, A.D. O’Brien & W.R. Fox

The influence of human physical activity and contaminated clothing type on particle resuspension

A. McDonagh & M. A. Byrne

Bat Booth dust retention efficiency – revision 4

Mideco

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