Tracking ordinary peeps with RFID has stirred a bit of controversy as of late (um, VeriChip). But BP Refinery’s on its way to a big thumb’s up in OSHA compliance, in using RFID technology for its evacuation system, reports RFID Journal.
According to the article, BP Refinery’s Cherry Point, Washington, facility uses an ultra-wideband tracking system to keep tabs on personnel in the event of a fire or explosion. The site’s “Location Aware Safety System” will be used to know the whereabouts of 2,000 staff members, contractors and visitors.
The refinery, reportedly the largest in Washington State, produces 3.5 million gallons of gasoline, 2.5 million gallons of jet fuel and 2.2 million gallons of diesel fuel each day. All employees, contractors and visitors at BP Cherry Point will wear RFID enabled badges in the refinery’s processing area, tank farm and docks – operators, then, will know precisely where they are in case of emergency, the journal reported.