An Aberdeenshire-based company is using more than 20 years of experience to help other businesses create safe working spaces using an innovative new air quality system.
Safewell Solutions®, which is based in Banchory, has extensive global experience in the education and training of clients on “invisible risk” awareness in the oil and gas, industrial, commercial diving pharmaceutical and aerospace sectors.
It has now channelled its expertise into launching SafeSpace, a risk management solution which uses a suite of approaches to address surface and air contamination, including harnessing the Coandă Effect to create a predictable and controlled air flow current management system in enclosed spaces. The company plans to invest up to £250,000 in the new protocol.
In what is believed to be a first, SafeSpace enhances the Coandă effect using vacuum, thus radically reducing the distance of travel of microbial aerosol transmission and potential contamination from an airborne virus. This crucial, patent-pending element places SafeSpace and the thinking behind it ahead of the curve in terms of technology which can address suggestions that COVID-19 can be airborne and travel much further than two metres in enclosed spaces.
SafeSpace is applicable to myriad onshore and offshore environments and user confidence is further optimised because the Safewell Solutions’ systematic Holistic Safety Philosophy will allow employers to fulfil their duty of care by implementing risk management based on UK HSE ‘As Low as Reasonably Practicable’ ALARP principles. SafeSpace can also examine cellular contamination on surfaces, as well as in the air providing the equipment to show high quality data for decision making.
The system is set to be on view for potential users at Safewell Solutions’ headquarters, by kind permission of Brathens Eco-Business Park and supported by an independent chartered occupational hygienist who is currently part of a specialist group advising the Scottish Government, and who is involved in third party assessment of the SafeSpace initiative.
Safewell Solutions’ Director Ed Gardyne explained: “In her note to the WHO, physicist Prof. Lidia Morawska is supported by over 230 scientists in appealing for recognition of the potential for the COVID-19 virus to be airborne and she calls for increased recognition of the risk this poses, particularly during re-opening after lockdown.
“We have a proven track record and thorough integrity in understanding just how important it is for people to breathe high quality air. Safewell Solutions were already heavily involved in breathing and process air quality work, and the challenges which arose due to the Covid-19 pandemic were a logical extension to what we were already doing. It was, therefore, a natural evolution for us to apply our knowledge and experience into a new, innovative addition to the portfolio.
“Whilst there is not a panacea for the challenges businesses face, we believe that SafeSpace and its focus on validation may give rise to a new way of educating businesses in their duty of care around dealing with invisible risk such as that presented by Covid-19.”
He added: “As we see it, there are twin imperatives of saving lives and livelihoods and the main priority is to work on developing solutions which restore confidence rather than only talking about the problem.”