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Two-Way Radios In Oil and Gas/Petrochemical Industry

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Two-way radios in Oil and Gas/Petrochemical industry can be a valuable tool for your operatives. Effective communication is essential for critical health and safety practices. There are many two-way radios that you can choose for your Oil and Gas petrochemical site. There are many specialist Atex two-way radios created specifically for this sector. As with any hazardous environment, the two-way radios are designed to conform to varying Atex classifications.

Atex Classifications Explained

For more details on Atex Classification click here

Why Use Two-Way Radios In Oil and Gas/Petrochemical Industry?

  • Worker’s Safety is paramount in such hazardous environments
  • Helps organise large numbers of personnel safely and efficiently
  • New digital technology allows on-site GPS tracking and call logging
  • Improve time management
  • Maximises productivity
  • Improves on-site security
  • improves on-site management

These are some of the benefits that two-way radios can offer to your Oil and Gas/Petrochemical site

Using Two-Way Radios In Oil and Gas/Petrochemical Industry

Working in areas that have explosive or combustible dust, oil rigs, petrochemical plants or an open mine, safe, reliable communication is critical. Using two-way radios can allow you to comply with health and safety standards and ensure personnel are safe.

With two-way radios you can:

  • Build an efficient communication network for your site
  • Communicate quickly with operatives
  • Speak to everyone with a two-way radio on site at once, such as in an emergency
  • Use dedicated channels or frequencies to communicate with individuals or groups of users
  • Connect multiple sites in different geographical locations with the same two-way radio network*
  • Send and receive text and email messages*
  • Make or receive outbound calls*

*Handset and system dependent

Which Two-Way Radios In Oil and Gas/Petrochemical Should I Use on My Site?

Before you can decide which two-way radios to use, there are many factors you will need to consider

  • Which hazardous zones will operatives need to communicate in?
  • What is the minimum Atex classification for devices to operate safely in each hazardous zone
  • Do you require two-way radio signal coverage in every area
  • What health and safety requirements are there for emergency procedures
  • Who are going to be using the two-way radios
  • What features do each radio user require
  • How many users require a two-way radio
  • How can you effectively manage all on-site communications
  • What health and safety requirements are there for emergency procedures
  • Do you require private communication channels so no outside listeners can eavesdrop
  • How much do the two-way radios cost
  • Can you hire compatible devices for shut-down sub-contractors

Now that we have considered some of the queries related to two-way radio use we can start to consider the type of two-way radio to use on your construction site.

Atex Licence-free or Atex Licenced Two-Way Radios

Atex Licence-Free Two-Way Radios

You may think that a licence-free two-way radio cannot provide the safety you require. Entel offers licence-free Atex radio solutions that may be suitable. If your oil and gas or petrochemical site are small or you have a team of sub-contractors working in a small area of your site, then ENTEL’s latest digital ATEX and IECEx IIA certified handsets may prove very useful and cost-effective.

As the name suggests, they are licence-free so do not Require an Ofcom business radio licence and work out of the box with no programming required.

Atex Licenced Two-Way Radios

Atex licenced two-way radios in oil and gas/petrochemical sites offer a more versatile solution compared to Atex licence-free radios.

Advantages of Atex licenced two-way radios include:

  • The power output of Atex licenced radios is set at 1 watt, compared to 0.5watts which increases coverage
  • Can be programmed with unique frequencies instead of being set on 446MHz
  • Some handsets are GPS enabled
  • Can connect to a dispatch console
  • It can be possible to send and receive texts and emails
  • Some have lone worker and man-down alarms
  • They can connect to trunked radio solutions

These are just some of the advantages. In essence, if your site requires anything above the very basic requirements that an Atex licence-free solution can provide then you will need to use Atex licenced two-way radios.

Ofcom Business Radio Licence

ATEX licenced two-way radios will require an Ofcom Business Radio Licence per channel. If you are unfamiliar with two-way radio licencing requirements we recommend you learn more about Ofcom Business Radio Licencing here.

There are many licencing options available to you to enhance your on-site communications but unless you have extensive experience we would recommend that you contact a two-way radio supplier to assist with your application to ensure you choose the best option.

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