How smart is your PPE management system?

Being smart is all the rage these days. You have smart watches, smart cars, smart TVs and even smart cities. But what about smart personal protective equipment (PPE) management systems?

According to a new white paper from Papertrail, smart PPE management is a reality now… and could be bringing benefits to your business today.

“These systems use automated remote data entry to create a permanent, one-time, cloud-based record of each PPE item, which can then be updated at any time with inspection records posted on site via a mobile device,” says the paper.

Doing this makes it easy to comply with the demands of professional bodies, meet standards for legal inspections, cut compliance administration, reduce risk for clients and workers, prevent equipment supply bottlenecks and extend the lifetime of PPE equipment.

A move towards smarter PPE management is being driven by shortfalls in current record-keeping approaches, which include spreadsheets and even paper-based files. These soak up administration time and are prone to errors.

Smart PPE management systems, on the other hand, can help cut administrative workloads by more than 90%. At the same time, the white paper notes, the volume of PPE that organisations must handle is increasing.

Research shows the global PPE market could increase at a compound annual growth rate of 6.5% between 2017 and 2022.

Much of this increase is down to corporate use: at the start of 2014 more than a million businesses and 10 million workers in Britain alone were estimated to carry out jobs involving some form of work at height every year.

Finally, tougher health and safety regulations means there is more of a duty on organisations to show that PPE equipment has been maintained and checked according to relevant standards.

Moving to a smart PPE management system can allow you to create and maintain a ‘digital certificate of ownership’ that registers every significant point in the lifespan of an item, from purchase through to disposal.

Furthermore, says the white paper, such smart systems are expected to grow in value over time, as they increasingly evolve to receive and manage status data from future generations of connected PPE devices linked to the rise of the Internet of Things.

“Indeed, over time these smart PPE systems are expected to become the foundation for much broader platforms that can be used for a wide range of applications, from inventory control through to safety compliance,” it says.

Important Health and Safety Events and Courses in 2016

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Health and safety, unlike some industries, isn’t a community of businesses in the traditional sense. It affects everyone, in every work environment, across dozens of industries and sectors. Different rules apply to different sectors, resulting in a wide range of training courses and events.

Papertrail is part of a group of organisations and companies that serve these industries; which is why we have collated this list of the most important health and safety events and training courses for the rest of 2016. We will make a list for 2017 later in the year.

 

This Year’s Events

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Key Takeaways from HSE’s First Annual Science Review

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Behind the Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE’s) Helping Great Britain Work Well campaign are 850 scientists, from psychologists, microbiologists, and explosive specialists, working to understand how accidents happen and what can be done to improve the country’s safety record.

This campaign intends to use the most cutting-edge developments in science in order to affect a positive and lasting change on workplace behaviour – specifically, safety-related behaviour. Continue Reading…

Modern Rope Access Techniques You Need to Know

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Industrial rope access has proven to be a safe, efficient, cost-effective alternative to conventional at height work access methods.

Modern rope access applications include inspections, surveys, maintenance, electrical and metal work on wind turbines, towers, industrial plants, as well as some cutting and heavy material handling, with the right equipment and training. Continue Reading…

How Does Papertrail Save You Time and Money?

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Health and safety compliance was never meant to be about paperwork. Behind most laws are practical, real-world problems that need solutions. Managing health and safety, whether for yourself, boss or clients is about taking those practical steps, then documenting everything from equipment inspections to training. Continue Reading…

What Health and Safety Training Do Climbing Instructors Need?

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Climbing instructors need to be ready to work with climbers with a wide range of skills. From children who have just started to learn, to experienced adults who are training between outdoor bouldering sessions.

Instructors without the proper training and experience are a risk to those they are meant to support. Continue Reading…

Health and Safety in the Infrastructure Industry: What’s Required?

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A former government adviser warned the construction industry that health and safety is a “ticking timebomb”, as a result of HSE budget cuts.

The construction industry has been hiring in record numbers in recent years, thanks to a new post-recession boom in property and infrastructure projects. The tragic downside of this is the number of industrial incidents in building sites has doubled in recent years. Between 2001 and 2014 there have been 760 deaths on building and infrastructure sites. Continue Reading…

Using Papertrail to Comply With LOLER: The Complete Guide

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This week, we’ve put together a fully-loaded guide to complying with LOLER ’98 legislation, and how Papertrail makes it so much easier to show thorough and regular maintenance of the lifting equipment that you need to inspect as part of LOLER compliance. Seriously, if you work in arboriculture, scaffolding services, construction, industrial window cleaning, oil and gas – or any other industry involving lifting and rope access equipment, this post is for you! Read on for the lowdown on how to make stressing over LOLER a thing of the past. Continue Reading…