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.