In a world where everything is becoming faster, more efficient and “lean”, health and safety is beginning to move with the times. Permits to Work are nothing new in the health and safety world. Designed to act as a control for certain types of work, they are a way of ensuring that safety on a site is kept to the highest level and only qualified personnel are carrying out any potentially dangerous works.
Technology is steadily helping to improve safety in the workplace, and ePermits To Work are an exciting innovation that are quickly surpassing traditional paper permits, especially for organisations who process a high volume of permits or who manage a lot of contractors and sub-contractors on site on a daily basis.
The advantages over paper are clear to see:
Enhanced Control and Visibility – ePermit systems (such as SafePermit from OneLook Systems) allow for those in control to see all permitted work that is taking place on site. The controller can also identify permit conflicts and non-compliance.
Integrated Safety – Ensure work is compliant to the exact standards laid out in your company’s EHS policy
Reduced Costs / Reduced Administration / Time Saving – SafePermit, as an example, can save an average of 23 minutes per permit
Configurable and Easy to Use – Designed to be easy to use for every level of computer user
Important Information Instantly Accessible – See all contractor information from a single screen pre-permit submission; Identify contractor qualifications, induction, insurance & easily see if details are still valid.
The trend for companies to move away from paper-based manual solutions towards electronic solutions seems to be increasing, and not just for permitting. More and more functions of business, including HR, Supply Chain, Operations, Sales, Marketing, have found benefits and efficiencies to moving towards electronic solutions to help them with their daily tasks. Paper is quickly becoming outdated and insufficient for the needs of end users.
What Can We Expect in The Future?
Risks will always exist, and we cannot expect a Health & Safety Officer to have everything under complete control. Hazardous works and environments will sometimes lead to accidents, but with the help of software to improve safety management, such as ePermits To Work, risks can be mitigated and site safety can be improved. As technology continues to improve at a rapid rate, expect it to be at the forefront of health and safety management in the years ahead.