Drilling Company Improves Worker Safety with MX3

When employees work in thermal extremes, heat and dehydration are real risks.
Regular testing helps save lives.

Topdrill is a privately owned, independent drilling company based in Kalgoorlie, Australia. Their field teams operate in extreme environments that can be very dangerous if the risks are not properly managed.

Team leaders at Topdrill must use critical risk management to identify and control potential risks, with the overall goal of prevent fatalities.

Topdrill is a privately owned, independent drilling company. We understand the extreme environments our field teams operate in can be very dangerous if the risks are not properly managed. Critical risk management is a step change in how we identify and control critical risks. It has one purpose, to help eliminate fatalities. Exposure to thermal extremes has been identified as a critical risk in our business. In the drilling industry and the unforgiving summer of Western Australia, the two biggest factors are heat and dehydration. Heat related illnesses have the real potential to kill. Historically we have used urine testing for hydration which, given the environments in which we work, was less than ideal. Collecting samples for monitoring was not always possible to do whilst maintaining an individual's privacy. If people can’t perform the test the control measure is nowhere near effective and the potential for a serious heat related incident to occur increases exponentially.

As a company wanting to attract women to the industry, we needed to look at options available to ensure processes are and can be followed. The decision to use the MX3 in place of the standard refractometer was a direct result of our commitment to safety. Most importantly it is a simple piece of equipment to use. This is a huge plus as pushback and reluctance to use it has been non-existent. It can be used by males and females alike without the privacy concerns of attempting to collect a urine sample on a drill pad. The number that it generates is a true representation of the individuals state of hydration. Instant results to both the individual and the dashboard equips us to understand and adjust this critical factor.

Heat-related illnesses have the real potential to kill.

 

Historically, Topdrill used urine testing to track hydration, which, given the environments in which they work, was less than ideal. Collecting samples for monitoring was not always possible to do whilst maintaining an individual's privacy. If employees can’t perform the test, the control measure is nowhere near effective, and the potential for a serious heat-related incident to occur increases exponentially. Additionally, as a company wanting to attract women to the industry, Topdrill needed to look at options to ensure processes are and can be followed.

Using MX3 reflects the company’s commitment to employee safety

 

Topdrill decided to use the MX3 in place of the standard refractometer to reflect its commitment to the safety, privacy and comfort of all employees. Importantly, MX3 is a simple piece of equipment to use. This is a huge plus, as pushback and reluctance to use it since its adoption has been non-existent.

MX3 can be used by males and females alike without the privacy concerns of attempting to collect a urine sample on a drill pad. The number that it generates is a true representation of an individual’s state of hydration. Instant results to both the individual and the dashboard equips managers to understand and adjust this critical factor.

“We, as a company, can act immediately to prevent what could start out as an offsider just needing a rest and a drink of water into a potentially fatal situation or worse,” reports Topdrill.

People are Topdrill’s most important assets.

“Having a control in place that allows for instant, actionable management of individuals hydration levels is a game changer,” the company reports.

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