Weatherproof Security Cameras and Environmental Monitoring
By Ryan Skidmore | November 30, 2018
Checking the weather, or environmental monitoring, as it’s known in the surveillance industry, is more than just knowing what the temperature is outside. What’s happening in the air and on the ground can determine the safety of work conditions, the function of equipment, and the allocation of efforts.
Here’s why you should be monitoring the weather on your worksite and why weatherproof cameras are required to withstand both fair and extreme weather conditions.
Check for Hazardous Weather Conditions
There are many different types of hazards on any given work site. How the weather is behaving is one of them. Here are some examples:
- Air Pollution: Linked to both acute and chronic health conditions (such as allergic distress, respiratory disorders, and heart disease), exposure to air pollutants is a real risk to anyone working outdoors in nasty smog.
- High Heat: Working in the sun for a prolonged amount of time can lead to fatigue, errors in judgment, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.
- Lightning: Electrical storms may take place with or without rain. Either way, being on top of, or even near tall objects is unsafe. Additionally, accumulated water on a job site increases the chances for electrocution. When there’s lightning, the work area should be cleared.
- Slick Road Conditions: Whether from rain, snow, or ice, driving on roads and in parking lots that are slick can quickly cause an auto accident. Slip-and-fall injuries are also likely.
- Blocked Access: Whether by downed trees, flooding, or a number of other weather-related causes, access to your work site may be temporarily blocked.
- High Wind: Blowing dust or other hazardous materials can damage eyes and lungs. Walls may blow down and roofing material may be ripped off and go flying about. There is also the risk of a wind gust blowing workers off of scaffolds, roofs, or high floors.
- Damaged or Downed Power Lines: Electrocution, fires, and falling objects are real risks of coming in contact with damaged or downed power lines.
- Extreme Weather Events: Floods, landslides, and wildfires are associated with occupational deaths and injuries, both during and after a natural disaster.
Keeping your workers safe, no matter what the weather is doing, should be every business’ top priority. Environmental monitoring is a good way to keep an eye on conditions so everyone can safely return to their families at the end of the day.
Protect Equipment and Materials
Any type of outdoor work site that uses heavy vehicles, rigging equipment, or building materials is at the mercy of the weather.
Spring showers cause:
- Slippery mud
- Moisture damage (including mold and rot)
- Damaging hail
Summer heat may:
- Tempt workers to remove hard hats and safety glasses
- Cause paint discoloration
- Make dust go airborne and prematurely wear out parts
- Cause the elasticity of seals and sealants to fail
Fall’s chill and winter’s freeze:
- Cause accidents
- Require equipment to be lubricated
- Can weaken concrete, bricks, mortar, and grout
Environmental monitoring can keep eyes on your property to ensure it’s prepared for and protected against anything Mother Nature throws at it, saving you a lot of money in the end.
Reallocate Time and Efforts So Money Doesn’t Go Wasted
When employees wake up bright and early to commute to a job site, they not only risk their safety to get there but may even find out too late that the weather conditions are unsuitable for work. Whenever this happens, time and money go to waste. If this happens time and time again throughout the year, your business becomes inefficient and work gets expensive.
With environmental monitoring, you can check your site in real time, see whether conditions are suitable for work, and determine whether manpower should be reallocated to a different site or to other activities, as needed and determined by the weather.
Why Weatherproof Cameras Are Needed
It may surprise you that even in fair weather, professional weatherproof cameras are needed in order to handle outdoor conditions. Sure, weatherproofing cameras in sealed camera enclosures is required in extreme weather situations such as tornadoes and blizzards, but even just sunlight and dirt can cause damage to fragile security cameras.
Proper weatherproof cameras are made with thermostatic controls to prevent condensation from forming over the lens (which obscures its sight), materials that prevent damage from ultraviolet rays, and cooling elements to keep the internal components from overheating.
If your business wants to keep workers safe, protect its equipment, and save time and money by using professional weatherproof cameras for environmental monitoring, buy a Pro-Vigil Security System!
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