1) Confined space attendant; also called a Manway or Safety Watch, can be hired to keep count and in case of an emergency, raise an alarm. This is the traditional way to conduct Confined Space Monitoring.
This option can be quite expensive as each manway needs one attendant but would be for those looking for an option that fits with existing procedures, requiring no change.
It would not be the right option for those looking to increase overall safety and efficiency while reducing costs.
2) VISICS; VISICS is the state-of-the-art mobile shutdown system for Digital Confined Space Monitoring, 24/7 Gas Detection, Remote Access Control and People and Asset Tracking, followed by insightful data analytics.
VISICS is for clients who seek to increase safety and maximize efficiency, whilst still limiting costs. This option can be quite cost effective, as two operators can manage 6 manways at one time. One monitoring and one in the field.
The traditional VISICS system would not be the right option for those operating short maintenance events. Rather, the Rapid Deployment Unit would be more suitable, as it a more flexible option, deployable in 15 minutes.