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Title: Satellite based lone worker alarm systems : update
Author: National Rivers Authority
Document Type: Monograph
This study has been undertaken to update the previous study into the possibility of providing a satellite based system for Lone Worker Alarms, LWAs, for National Rivers Authority, NRA, employees. Previous investigations up to 1991 had identified one satellite system which could be technically and commercially suitable, but which at that stage was unlikely to receive regulatory approval. The system is known as COSPAS SARSAT and is used for marine search and rescue operations. Since 1991 several new satellite systems have been planned. The study considered the range of these planned systems, and explored with regulatory bodies the potential for LWA use. The majority of the newly planned satellite systems are for the sky phone concept and could be technically suitable for LWAs. The systems are however unlikely to be in service before the late 1990s at the earliest because of their very large capital investment. The study has concluded that COSPAS SARSAT remains the most viable technical option for several years. The continuing interest of the NRA in protecting its employees with LWAs in general and in the possible use of satellites in some instances, has been matched by a more sympathetic view by the regulatory authorities to land based use of search and rescue satellites. The study has recommended that a short trial of COSPAS SARSAT should be undertaken, to test its effectiveness on land, and as a focus for further liaison with the regulatory authorities.
Publisher: National Rivers Authority
Publication Date: 1993
Publication Place: Bristol
Subject Keywords: Health and safety regulationsDisaster preparednessWorking conditionsCommunication technologyRisk management
Geographic Keywords: EnglandWales
Extent: 119
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