Category: Inspection Management

UAE Takes Record for Aviation Safety Compliance

The UAE has achieved global recognition for their outstanding safety compliance with a 98.8% safety rating from the International Civil Aviation Organization. The operation of UAE’s aviation sector is a complex and extremely detailed process. A 98.8% score is an incredible achievement, but let’s look at it for what it truly means: a safer world. This score represents passengers traveling and coming home safely and the rigorous standards the UAE enforces in order to run at maximum efficiency.

The big question on everyone’s mind is “how”? How do you get to the top of the safety world? How could an operation so large run so well? Surely there’s an exhaustive amount of work to be done to ensure that the operation is safe from top to bottom, and the UAE’s infrastructure is near-perfect from local to national to international.  Their aviation infrastructure must have a system in place that helps them methodically enforce compliance.

If you’re looking for a recipe to greater compliance, there are some steps you can take to make your company an industry example. What the UAE has done has taken years of hard work, and they’ve earned their keep in the world of safety. Whether you work in the food industry, construction, or (of course) aviation, Field iD might be just what you’ve been looking for to bolster your safety efforts.

Safety Made Simpler with Field iD

It doesn’t matter whether your operation is local, national, or international; if you work in an industry full of hazards, safety should be your main concern. We’ve built Field iD, our mobile and PC safety platform, from the ground up to help you run things more efficiently and safely out in the field.

The UAE’s aviation sector, just like all other businesses, has to perform inspections and audits; it’s how they keep their planes air-ready and their operations consistent. With Field iD, health, pre-flight, and asset inspections could be performed with a tap or a click. Our up-to-date, industry-standard checklists are built from the ground up to give you the most detailed inspections with an intuitive and simple one-click system.

With our GPS-connected network, workers, supervisors, and management can stay in the know about their business activity; data on where work is being done, whether inspections have been completed, and where assets are is available at any given time.

98.8% is quite the goal when it comes to safety standards, but software like Field iD can help you get there. When you streamline the process, you can start seeing the big picture. When you see the big picture, you can change the way you run things.

Learn more about Field iD and see for yourself how it can help you run a safer, more efficient business.

How to know when you are ready for a lockout-tagout (LOTO) program

It’s no secret in the industrial and manufacturing sector that lockout-tagout procedures are crucial to the well being of employees and their safety. However, it’s also a sad reality that a huge number of companies fail to have any sort of formal LOTO policies/procedures in place, and simply believe that the way they are operating and servicing their equipment today is “safe enough.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, up to 80 percent of injuries related to servicing and maintenance of equipment and assets can be attributed to failing to follow simple LOTO procedures. LOTO continues to consistently make OSHA’s list of most frequently cited violations, with the Administration citing 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year that could have been prevented by following LOTO procedures.

With those statistics in mind, how can companies determine if they’re ready for a formal LOTO program? It’s not complicated. Any time a company large or small, has energized machinery (powered by electricity, pneumatics, hydraulics and even gravity) there needs to be a lockout procedure in place. Even if the company hires a third-party contractor/consultant to handle any maintenance or shut downs, the hiring company is responsible to have the third party sign off on all safety processes and procedures.

Now that you know when a company should have LOTO procedures in place, the fact still remains that at two similar companies, one may have a program in place while the other doesn’t. Why is that the case? Often times it comes down to a lack of knowledge — companies simply don’t know they have to have a program in place. Laws and regulations can also vary by country and even by state/province, so confusion can arise about how formal (if any) the LOTO process needs to be.

Of course in the U.S. there are strict Department of Labor regulations enforced by OSHA in regards to LOTO. However, it can get confusing beyond the USA, as many places have very little to no directive in regards to what needs to be done to comply with safety standards.

Training for any sort of new process or technology can be a challenge within a company, so when you implement LOTO procedures there are a few things to remember. Make sure to physically walk through the process with employees who work on the machines every day. In addition, take pictures before and after servicing equipment and include them within any software solution you use, such as Field iD.

The obvious takeaway here is to get a Lock Out Tag Out program in place even if you’re not 100 percent sure you need one. New technology, such as Field iD, streamlines the LOTO process and helps increase compliance. From there you’re off and running. As a result, your company will be a safer place for your employees to work.

The Compliance Caveat: Managing Compliance for a Better Workplace Pt. 2

If you haven’t read part one of this blog series, click here. You’ll learn some basic concepts that are important to keeping your workplace safe.

Records for Better Business

The biggest growing pain about workplace compliance is keeping exhaustive records. Making sure that you’ve got everything recorded either electronically or physically can be a tremendous task that takes up a lot (a lot) of time. There’s also the matter of proper scaling when work sites grow or shrink, understanding how much work it’s going to take each time.

The importance of records can’t be overstated. Properly recording injuries, inspection requirements, equipment usages, and other common work site needs is an absolute must to keeping a safe business free from down-the-line issues.

Reports

            The chain of command needs to be in the know. Reports and safety information are a constantly changing part of the workplace, and you need to have access to these things to guarantee great audits. Make sure that each machine and piece of equipment is properly reported on every time it’s in service, in use, or out of commission. Certifications have to be consistently updated to OSHA requirements to ensure that inspections go off without a hitch.

Asset Management

Assets like equipment need to be managed with extra care in the workplace. Any time workers use the equipment, it should be documented and “checked out” so that management knows where that piece of equipment is and how long it will be there. Another important aspect of asset management is the repair or retirement of that equipment. When equipment is used, it should be inspected for any obvious safety concerns.

Any asset that is in need of repair should NEVER be allowed for a check-out. Before this equipment is used on the work site, it should be deemed safe or replaced completely by new equipment.

An Intuitive Approach

            Paper can be a hassle, and even things like spreadsheets and shared documents are on their way out for industrial management. Because the work is getting more complicated and safety is a bigger concern, the tools we use should be prepared for the extra workload.

The good news is that there are plenty of compliance management tools out there to help you get your bearings. Software companies have been creating apps and software to help record-keeping and inspections go by without a hitch. The problem is that most of these software solutions only offer an isolated solution to record-keeping.

Field iD does things a little differently. Our mobile and desktop solution is an interconnected management platform that keeps everyone in the know, whether it’s management or Lock Out Tag Out authorized employees. With Field iD, you can keep to schedule on inspections, perform inspections with simple one-click commands, manage assets directly from your phone, and even publish reports to your network so compliance management is easier than ever.

It’s no wonder that over 10,000 companies are now using the Field iD technology to make their workplaces run like clockwork. If you’d like to check out what makes Field iD better than all the other apps out there, head over to http://www.fieldid.com/features to see a list of time-saving features that can get your business back on track.

How to make Inspections, Lock Out Tag Out, and Audits Easier than Ever

If your workplace is drowning in paperwork, constantly at odds with OSHA standards, and difficult to manage: we hear you! It can be a mire out there. Messages get lost along the way, we miss small details during inspections, and suddenly things go very wrong very fast. With all that’s going on at the job site, (Lock Out Tag Out, asset assignment, improper use of equipment) it can be  difficult to keep operations running safely.

The paperwork alone can be time-consuming and difficult to organize. With all that’s constantly happening on the job, keeping track of everything on paper can be a massive time-waster and mistakes are bound to happen if you accidentally overlook something. So when we got together to create a better way to for keep the workplace safe, we wanted something that was easy, paper-free, and all-inclusive.

 

Field iD Will Change the Way you Run Your Worksite

Field iD is a software application that connects you to a powerful safety solution for all types of industrial work. With Field iD, you can manage assets like safety equipment, conduct one-click  inspections and audits, and even have full control of Lockout/Tagout procedures on a connected network.

In order to be compliant with OSHA standards, inspections and audits of machinery and equipment must be conducted once yearly. Consistency with these standards helps you ensure that your equipment will be in working condition and safe for usage. However, keeping up with scheduled inspections and conducting them properly can be difficult when there are more pressing deadlines to worry about.

With Field iD, you can schedule your inspections from top to bottom, including the where, when, and how. With the built-in email notification system, you’ll always be on schedule with time-sensitive reminders.

 

Field iD is an Invaluable LOTO Tool

With Field iD, you can author complete LOTO procedures and keep all the documentation recorded and prepared for any inspections or audits. The Field iD Lock Out Tag Out feature is a deep and simple software solution for managing proper LOTO procedures.

From details about the machinery to the locks and procedures needed for the locking method, you can keep every part of the process in your Field iD network and have workers update directly from the Field iD mobile platform. With Field iD, you and your employees will never be in the dark about LOTO again.

The biggest questions we face as supervisors, workers, and management is how we can stay safer and more efficient. That’s exactly what Field iD helps you do. With its robust features and connected architecture, everyone involved has a way to stay on top of the latest inspections, audits and lockouts. That leads to a safer and more organized workplace.

For more information on Field iD compliance management software or to try it for yourself, head to the fieldid website today.

Tragic Worksite Blast Injures Five: Could it have Been Prevented?

According to Global News, an industrial facility in Sarnia, Ontario has seen a dangerous explosion and fire.  Four workers were injured and one was taken to a hospital in critical condition.  He passed away soon after.

The explosion started a fire which seriously burned several workers.  The explosion itself caused a partial collapse of the roof, which could have resulted in more fatalities had any workers been near the collapse.  In this case, there is no good news.  Whenever workers are injured, their lives are at stake.  Whether it’s from faulty machinery or improper work site procedures, it’s imperative to be cautious around machinery and hazardous materials.

No reports as of yet have found the cause of this accident, though they have ruled out any chemicals or gas explosions.  Though speculation points to faulty machinery being the origin of the explosion, an important question remains: could this tragedy have been prevented?

Innocent lives are lost every year to fatal workplace accidents.  This is just an isolated case out of hundreds reported by OSHA annually.  These tragedies, in this day and age, could be avoided with the proper tools and procedures. That’s exactly why Master Lock introduced Field iD.

Field iD is a customizable application that makes auditing and inspecting easier than ever.  With this invaluable tool, you can keep your workers safer than ever before and prevent the most common workplace risks.  With Field iD, supervisors and workers can manage and stay tuned to all the changes and inspections at the work site and beyond. Here are just a few ways Field iD can help you keep your workers safe and machinery running smoothly:

Scheduling tools: Keep track of your inspection and audit due-dates.  Stay ahead and prepared for your inspections so you can pass on-time with flying colors.

Paperless Audits and Inspections: Field iD will keep your inspections organized with checklists and one-click audits.  The paperless model allows for seamless knowledge at your fingertips so you can always stay ahead of faulty machinery, parts, and assets.  With more detailed and efficient audits and inspections, you can expect a much safer and more informed work place.

Organize your assets: Whether it’s machinery or equipment, stay on top of all of your assets with Field iD.  Assign assets to specific work sites and even workers and keep updated with the check-in/check-out functionality.  Make sure that your workers have the right tools for the job.

Safety Scoring: Go above and beyond pass-fail with safety scoring. Keeping your operation in top shape with our automated sliders and scoring query is as easy as filling out a checklist.  Customize your scoring to your work site needs and keep your jobs running smoothly.

Lockout/Tagout: Our software is an incredible lockout/tagout tool that reinforces safety procedures by giving you the power to author and assign tasks to staff.  Keeping organized can be the biggest issue with lockout/tagout procedures, but our networked software makes it easier and safer.  From assignment to review, our system is built robustly for those who want a safer workplace for their employees.

Remember that the workplace is as dangerous as the procedures are. Preventing risk while you are ahead is the best way to keep your employees safe at work.  To learn more about Field iD from Master Lock, click here.

How safe is your food?

It’s a question more and more people are asking after two recent food scandals hit the media. Husi Food Co., a Shanghai-based food processing plant made headlines around the world this week after local broadcaster Dragon TV revealed the plant was repackaging and selling expired beef and chicken to McDonalds, Starbucks and Burger King locations in China and Japan.  The China Food and Drug Administration wasted no time in shutting down the facility but that has done little to allay the fears of consumers who have endured a string of food safety scares in China in the past decade.

Just as Dragon TV was breaking its story, across the world in the UK, the Guardian newspaper published an exposé of the widespread lack of hygiene in that country’s chicken processing business. Last year the same paper reported that in some UK supermarkets horsemeat was being substituted for beef.

It’s no surprise that food safety has become a hot button issue and consumers are worried.  Of course these incidents are far from isolated and far from new. Over the past several years, people around the world have pushed governments to update and enforce safety legislation. And for the most part they have.

It is also clear that inspections, audits and compliance are absolutely necessary to ensure no one is cutting corners and skipping critical steps and protocols. These tools are the checks and balances of the food supply system.  They are also proactive and go far beyond tracking and recalling contaminated products when it comes to restoring consumer confidence and protecting brand equity.

In many ways audits and inspections pack a one-two punch.  An audit is an evaluation of a food facility’s programs, documentation and processes with an eye to ensuring the facility has set expectations and are meeting them. An inspection is a thorough in-person walk-through and assessment of a facility to see up-close what is actually happening on site and to ensure standards are being followed.  It’s up to every link in the food supply chain to have solid safety programs in place that comply with, and ideally exceed, government standards.

No easy feat but one that technology is making easier. In fact, the power of mobile and cloud computing is changing and helping improve compliance. Wired and wireless solutions are now available to help monitor, record and report data across an entire organization. Perhaps most important, these safety solutions are helping change behaviors by ensuring accountability and compliance—one way to keep our food safe.

Field ID at TechAdvantage 2014!

TechAdvantage 2014 is underway this week, and Field ID is extremely excited to be part of it!

TechAdvantage is at the forefront of innovation, delivering critical technologies that are transforming the world of engineering, information technology, energy services, operations, supply management and business. The largest event of its kind for electric and energy cooperative professionals, it’s four days of leading-edge strategies and best practices created to share and demonstrate advantages in science, technology and other industry areas that will benefit Co-op Nation well into the 21st century.

We’re at booth #760, and we’ll be handing out Field ID branded smartphone cases and hosting a random giveaway for a Google Nexus 7 tablet. If you or someone you know is in the Nashville, Tennessee area, drop by the Field ID booth and we’ll hook you up with a pretty sweet smartphone case!

The most-read Modern Safety blog posts of the year

What a ride. This was a year of change for all of us here at Field ID and Modern Safety. Looking back, it’s hard to believe how much we’ve accomplished and all that our team has been through together in the last 12 months. And reading over our most popular blog posts is a humbling yet rewarding experience for us, so we just had to pull a list and close out the year with a bit of a Modern Safety review.

If you take a glance at last year’s most-read Modern Safety blog posts, you’ll notice this year we’ve tried to keep a steady stream of helpful blog posts and how to’s mixed in with interesting news from the safety and technology spaces. We have always heard many questions from safety professionals who need simple advice on things like devices, safety best practices and other challenges that come with effective safety management. In 2013, we truly wanted to step up and provide some answers through Modern Safety. From the list below, it seems this approach was appreciated… or at least well-read. Read More

Hidden costs of cloud computing and how to avoid them

Four out of five small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are now discussing or implementing cloud computing to gain access to benefits such as “outright savings in their purchasing costs and operational expenses to improved business agility and greater preparedness for disaster,” according to a new study.

It’s more proof of what we’ve known for quite some time: the advantages of the cloud are far too great to ignore when it comes to doing smart business. However, the report goes beyond praising cloud-based solutions and offers insight into what hidden costs are involved.

The report, “Avoiding the Hidden Costs of the Cloud,” includes data from a survey of business and IT executives at 3,236 organizations in 29 countries. Commissioned by Symantec, the research spanned companies with a range of five to 5,000 employees, although this report focuses on the 1,358 small to medium sized businesses that participated.

So what exactly are the hidden costs? And what can you do about them? Here are some of the issues, with a few ideas of our own on how to get past them. Read More

Should I buy a Google Nexus 5 or Apple iPhone 5S?

The smartphone scene continues to put out more attractive and affordable options with each passing month, but the biggest buzz this fall comes down to the two newest devices from Apple and Google.

Google recently unveiled the Nexus 5, which runs on the newest version of Android, 4.4 KitKat. Coming so soon after the release of Apple’s iPhone 5S, which runs on iOS 7, the launch has understandably drawn out comparisons between the two devices by tech bloggers and news sites.

Which device is a better choice for safety professionals using mobile tech on the job?

There’s no shortage of specs and opinions out there, but what matters most is what works for you. Whether you’re upgrading from an existing smartphone and considering a switch from one to the other, or looking for your first and weighing the options, choosing the right smartphone comes down to two big details that are more important than the tiny ones. Read More