Many people are unaware of the importance of intrinsically safe headsets and equipment; in fact, many individuals do not even know what the term alludes to. A previous two-part series on this blog spent some time unpacking the technicalities behind intrinsically safe headsets. People who are completely new to the concept may have difficulty understanding some of the more complex aspects; therefore, we have written a short piece to familiarize “beginners” with intrinsic safety.

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In the previous blog, we explained what an explosive atmosphere was, and why and Intrinsic Safety Certification is required for your communications headset.

In Part Two we will delve into the Classification System itself and explain how to identify which communication headsets are certified as Intrinsically Safe for the environment you are working in.

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As we spend time with our growing portfolio of global Oil and Gas customers, it always amazes me how much confusion exists within the worker population around the requirements for Intrinsically Safe Certification. Some customers believe that a Two-Way Radio is Intrinsically Safe because it has an IS battery.

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Digital Signal Processing technology is one of the huge growth areas in the world of technology and is now a crucial part of everybody’s lives even if we don’t know it.

Digital technology encompasses many parts of our daily lives. From powering your Internet connection to your smart phone, to the new realm of digital cameras and to digital televisions, digital technology has fundamentally transformed our lives in so many ways.

The rise of digital signal processing is now enabling your high speed 4G smart phones to deliver wired internet at lightning speeds to your hand held devices and delivering superior speech quality through high bandwidth codecs.

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The Oil and Gas industry has been under attack for its safety record over the last few years. From the Deepwater Horizon disaster to recent oil spills in the Mississippi River safety is an ongoing and sensitive issue for the Oil and Gas industry.

Accurate and effective communication is critical to ensuring a safe working environment and this is even more critical in the Oil and Gas industry where hostile environments place additional challenges on workers.

That’s why safety leaders are focusing very closely on deploying the very best communication headsets in the Oil and Gas industry.

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Think about headsets, there are many options available for industrial customers to consider these days. From simple passive headsets that deliver a basic hearing protection solution to sophisticated electronic headsets that use Digital Signal Processing to separate speech from noise.

But when it comes to Intrinsically Safe Headsets the options are more limited because developing and manufacturing an Intrinsically Safe Headset is a massive undertaking in both financial resources and engineering capability.

As a result of the investment and technical know how needed to commercialize this type of headset only a handful of leading headset companies have committed the funds and devoted the necessary resources to commercialize an Intrinsically Safe Headset.

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