In February, NIOSH released a new version of its Enhanced Video Analysis of Dust Exposures (EVADE) software, which is intended to help mine operators and health and safety professionals identify where occupational exposures are high and where changes may be needed. NIOSH originally developed EVADE for the mine environment to support “Helmet-CAM,” a system worn by a worker that records video and matches it with data on hazardous dust exposure that is collected simultaneously. The latest version of the free software, EVADE 2.0, is able to match video footage and exposure data on dust, diesel and gases, and sound to provide users with a more comprehensive view of workers’ exposures. EVADE 2.0 can still be used with a Helmet-CAM setup, but users are now able to use the program with data that comes from other sources such as a video camera on a tripod, a stationary aerosol monitor, or a noise dosimeter. According to NIOSH, the new version of EVADE can also be used in industries other than mining, including construction and oil and gas.
“When mines try to reduce harmful exposures to their workers, it’s often a matter of guesswork and trial and error not only to pinpoint the sources, but to know where fixes might offer the greatest impact,” NIOSH’s website reads. “EVADE puts the power to identify and then correct exposure hazards in the hands of mine operators.”
Other new features of EVADE 2.0 include simple analysis functions, which are now available to apply to any logged data channel, and the ability to package and transfer projects to other computers, which NIOSH says helps enable collaborations on solutions for overexposures.
EVADE 2.0 and associated resources are available for download on NIOSH’s website.
Related: Helmet-CAM and EVADE were discussed in a feature article published four years ago in the March 2013 issue of The Synergist. AIHA members can log in to read the archived version of the article.