Workers in the mining sector are more likely to be exposed to particles, harmful gases, noise, and other emissions at higher levels than what can be found in other workplaces. This increases the risk of contracting an occupational disease. Extremely hazardous conditions require workers to carry gas detectors with them. These detectors act as alarming devices informing when the critical gas concentration has been reached. Along with the stricter safety regulations and new technologies promoting safer processes and environments, the working conditions have improved and the number of fatalities has decreased in recent decades. Nevertheless, there are still many indirect or long-term factors that have an unquestionable impact on the safety and health of the workers. To master these factors, a new approach to measuring worker´s well-being is required.
Conos is designed to monitor the work conditions of the persons working in the underground construction industry. This wearable, lightweight, and wireless sensor continuously measures harmful gases (carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide), ambient conditions, and noise levels surrounding the worker. The readings of prevailing conditions can be viewed directly on the smartphone by using Conos application. The data is also accessible from the cloud for further analysis and reporting. The science-based measurement data provided by the device helps to understand the working conditions of the worker. With the help of analytics, the amount and intensity of physical and chemical stress factors can be identified and linked with the well-being of the worker.