3 Reasons Why RFID is Important for Safety Management
Safety management is changing. Traditionally people would use clipboards and pens, filing cabinets and spreadsheets to manage inspections and safety compliance. Just like how email changed the way we communicate, inspection software is allowing people to completely digitize their safety processes from beginning to end. At Field ID, we provide a leading inspection and safety compliance management system that people are using around the world to simplify safety management. Field ID uses a combination of mobile devices and the web to completely digitize the safety process. But the first step in conducting an inspection is identification. Whether you are identifying a chain sling or a harness, manual visual identification is not accurate or convenient.
Safety managers and inspectors are getting a huge benefit from using inspection software, but many of them are going the next step and using electronic identification. Companies like Holland 1916, are revolutionizing the way safety managers are identifying their assets by producing innovative tagging solutions that allow for electronic identification in combination with traditional identification.
Reason 1: Efficiency
Identifying something visually is extremely time consuming. Imagine looking at a dirty chain sling tag and trying to read the serial number. With RFID, all you do is wand the tag with a reader and you have the unique serial number right away. It is magnitudes faster. Think about scanning a barcode at your grocery store versus reading and writing down the barcode number. There is just no comparison.
Reason 2: Accuracy
Sometimes a “5” can look like an “R” to someone else. Visual identification is prone to human error, especially if there are multiple people and assets involved. Without proper accuracy when identifying something there is no real way to manage and maintain a proper safety audit trail. RFID completely eliminates this problem. Not only that, most RFID standards (include high frequency, ISO 15693) specify a globally unique serial number. You never have to worry about duplicate RFID tags.
Reason 3: Assurance
One of the big problems that inspection software solves is the ability to prove that an inspection was done. Paper-based inspections can essentially be backdated and conducted from someone’s living room. With inspection software, like Field ID, the system timestamps everything so you can’t backdate an inspection and you can capture the GPS location so you can prove the location of the inspection. RFID adds another level of assurance, because you can prove that the right asset was inspected.
The bottom line is that RFID can help you increase safety, reduce liability and save money. That is a win-win situation that just makes sense.
About Somen Mondal:
As the CEO and Co-Founder of Field ID, Somen is responsible for corporate vision, strategy, business growth and all-around customer satisfaction. With the help of his extraordinary team, Somen is committed to establishing Field ID as the global leader in inspection and safety compliance management (ISCM).
Somen holds a B.A.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Queen’s University.