Page 11 - Commercial Vehicle Engineer - September 2021
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  B reathalyser supplier AlcoDigital has
developed a smart breathalyser to keep drivers safe – with
photographic evidence of the test being taken.
The AlcoDigital Neo uses a Fuel
Cell sensor – the same type used in police breathalysers – to produce an accurate alcohol breath test within seconds to help drivers ensure they are safe to drive. But when linked to the iSOBER app – available on IoS and Android – it can share the results with a photo of the test being taken, time and GPS location via either SMS or email.
Employers can keep regular checks on their drivers at a fraction of the cost of an alcohol interlock using just a smartphone and the Neo device. Drivers can test before they start their shift, wherever they are in the world. Drivers can also be random tested at any time with nothing more than a phone call or text from an employer to their staff member, requesting an updated test.
Given that legal alcohol limits vary from country to country, another important feature is that the AlcoDigital Neo has a country- specific setting, meaning it can be used by fleet drivers travelling across borders.
“The camera function allows the app to take a photo of the user taking the test, offering reliable proof the driver is sober, whether that’s to an employer or a concerned parent,” said Suzannah Robin, director of AlcoDigital.
The AlcoDigital Neo features high grade sensors that can last for many years with regular calibration. Calibration is required after 12 months or 500 tests, whichever is soonest.
“Safety has never been more important,” added Robin. “Employers increasingly see the need to screen their staff for alcohol misuse, especially in industries such
as transport and logistics. The AlcoDigital Neo offers a non-intrusive and accurate method of testing at a very affordable price.”
“Other courses tend to focus just on the mechanics of good technique – manual handling training has a reputation for being a day of lifting a box up and down!” explains Nelson. “Our new eLearning takes a deeper, more holistic approach to safe manual handling, with the ultimate goal of reducing the risk of incident and injury in the workplace, not just teaching core techniques.”
In the eLearning course, learners are introduced to the musculoskeletal system, the physical impact of poor handling, personal capability, and the thinking behind task assessment, risk identification and risk reduction. All of this is presented in a relevant manual handling context, covering tasks that are encountered typically in supply chain organisations, such as loading and unloading vehicles,
or moving trolleys of goods.
The eLearning course can be scheduled to fit around the employee’s shift
pattern ensuring that businesses do not unnecessarily lose operational time
to training.
As Nelson explains, high quality training
for employees is not only in the interest of safety, but also beneficial to businesses to reduce the number of lost working days due to injury. “In 2019-20, HSE statistics show that a staggering 38.8 million working days were lost due to work- related illness and workplace injury, with 8.9 million days lost due to work-related musculoskeletal disorders” she adds. “Investment in manual handling training is an investment in keeping your people safe and your business running productively and profitably.”
Upon successful completion of the eLearning and end of course assessment, candidates receive a training certificate.
“Manual handling
injuries are largely avoidable with the right training in place”

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