For most people, the acronyms “PTI” and “DATI” are often confused. However, there are real differences between these two names. Explanations.
The DATI, a component of the protection of the isolated worker….
The term “PTI” (protection of the isolated worker) is often misused by some DATI manufacturers in the name of their products. This practice may mislead users into believing that the equipment alone is sufficient to ensure the protection and safety of employees.
The protection of a single worker is an obligation for each employer. In accordance with the regulations in force, the latter is required to ensure the safety of its employees (article L4121-1 of the Labour Code). In the event of an accident, isolation, whether physical or psychological, is a factor that aggravates the damage, which is still too underestimated in terms of prevention. The protection of a single worker therefore includes all prevention and intervention measures and procedures designed to meet this obligation.
The DATI (Isolated Worker Alarm System) is one of the devices that ensures the protection of the isolated worker. Its mission is to transmit an alarm corresponding to a situation considered critical by an isolated worker to a person or structure responsible for triggering emergency assistance. With this in mind, the DATI suite developed by Trackforce used by the SGP Group is a valuable aid for the safety of our agents. A sensor is integrated in the devices and detects several signs that can be synonymous with an accident: loss of verticality, lack of movement… In our PTI processes, when a signal is detected, a remote monitoring company makes a counter-call, and if necessary, triggers an intervener (rondier, partner company or agents).
… which does not replace a global prevention approach
However, the use of simple alarm devices for isolated workers of the DATI type is not sufficient. Indeed, the use of these technical solutions should not suggest that employers’ obligations related to the protection of isolated workers will be fully met. The consideration of isolated work must be addressed as part of a comprehensive approach to preventing personal risks.
This global approach must include an individual prevention plan specific to the isolated worker. Several recommendations can be formulated according to the sectors of activity: inform fixed-term and temporary workers in particular, recommend good practices in the event of an accident to avoid its aggravation, train staff exposed to the risk of aggression in conflict management, pay particular attention to those with certain pathologies, etc. Because workplace safety is everyone’s business!