AVTECH Release New Room Alert Manager

AVTECH Release New Room Alert Manager

For many years now, the CDC, EPA, NWS, ASHRAE, UK Health and Safety Executive & OSHA have been recommending and requiring that employers have proper tools in place to keep their employees safe. Environmental threats should be a top concern for any business owner because an unsafe environment can be dangerous and deadly to your customers, employees, students, tenants or anyone else in your facility. 

Heat is critical for keeping your employees happy and productive in the workplace. Heat-related illnesses are the leading cause of death among all weather-related workplace hazards.

AVTECH Software have improved their Room Alert Manager software to make monitoring easier. The new upcoming version of Room Alert Manager will have new Guidance section. The goal of the software improvements is to help you ensure your factories, warehouses and outdoor environments are within a safe range.

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Guidance Features

The new Guidance section is designed as an educational tool where Room Alert users can learn about pre-defined safety standards that have been set by professional associations such as National Weather Service (NWS) and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers or ASHRAE. The Guidance section is broken down into two tabs: Threshold Ranges and Established Standards.

Threshold Ranges

Under Threshold Ranges tab, you can define the exact range you wish to maintain in your environment. The threshold range you choose is used to create alert ranges and graph overlays. In the Threshold Ranges tab, you’ll see a table containing pre-defined threshold ranges that match established environmental ranges set by a range of standards bodies.

You can choose from the following: 

  • ASHRAE Data Center Temperature (Temperature Between 18°C and 27°C)
  • ASHRAE Data Center Humidity (Humidity Between 20%RH and 80%RH)
  • NWS Heat Index – Caution (HI above 27°C)
  • NWS Heat Index – Extreme Caution (HI above 31°C)
  • NWS Heat Index – Danger (HI above 39°C)
  • NWS Heat Index – Extreme Danger (HI above 52°C)

If none of the pre-defined standards are suitable for you, you can also define your own custom threshold environmental ranges. 

The pre-defined and user defined Threshold Ranges help your business to keep track of how well work conditions compare to your regulatory requirements.

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Established Standards

Under the Established Standards tab, users will see ASHRAE – Data Center and NWS – Heat Index, with more options to come in the future. The ASHRAE – Data Center tab is broken down into the following sub sections:

  1. Informational section is where you can learn about the standard and suggested threshold ranges
  2. Data Trends section is where you can see graphed data trends for the last 24 hours 

The NWS – Heat Index tab is broken down into the following sub sections:

  1. Informational section is where you can learn about the standard and the suggested threshold ranges
  2. Data Trends section is where you can see graphed data trends for the last 24 hours
  3. Enable Alternate Sensor View is where you can enable Heat Index Readings. This is a global setting that, when enabled, will enable it for all users.

Heat Index

Heat Index or sometimes called feels like temperature is a tool to gauge the temperature felt by a person close to the point of measurement. Temperature alone is not sufficient to know what the temperature a worker may be feeling in a specific location. Relative humidity plays a large part in determing what the temperature feels like. A high humidity will increase the feels like temperature.

If you decide to enable alternate sensor view, a Heat Index Readings section will appear under the Device Details tab. The Heat Index Readings section displays all of the heat index readings from your Digital Temperature & Humidity sensors. Based on your heat index readings, the heat gauge will quickly indicate if your readings show extreme risk, high risk, moderate risk, low risk or minimal risk. Please see Figure 1 for more details.

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Figure 1: Room Alert Manager Heat Index Display

The new guidance features in Room Alert Manager give you an unmatched view of how your workers are experiencing temperature in your facility. Not only that, you can also record your workers experience of temperature so that you have a permanent record.

Conclusion

AVTECH Software new update to Room Alert Manager takes a simple temperature and relative humidity reading and gives you actionable data with which you can improve the working conditions of your employees.

If you have any questions about monitoring the Heat Index in your workplace and tools to ensure regulatory requirements, please get in touch.

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