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Digital Inspections ROI

Digital Inspections ROI

Digitizing inspections come with many benefits such as eliminating paper work and storage, ensuring compliance, and reducing labour costs. So how much do you really save? To answer this question, we broke workplace inspections and documentation processes into 3 main components: Paperwork and storage Ensuring compliance Labour costs Paperwork and Storage A popular method for inspecting locations/equipment is with pen and paper. Workers sign a paper tag at the location/equipment, then fill out a log sheet which is later submitted to the manager for review/action and eventually ends up in storage. When diving into the numbers, we found that the paperwork costs associated with inspections can really add up. We used data from our existing clients, who include hospitals, storage facilities, factories and commercial properties to determine the costs of paperwork associated with manual inspections. We used 500 locations/equipment with inspections on a monthly basis as a cons

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Sprinkler Valve Inspections

Sprinkler Valve Inspections

Sprinkler valves are an important part of a fire protection system that controls the pressure and flow rate of the water supply. You want to make sure that your sprinkler valves are in good working order because you never know when a fire will occur and water will be needed to ensure that the fire does not spread any further. Regular inspections can help maintain your sprinkler valve systems, identify any deficiencies and ensure they are functional. Here are some things you should look for during your sprinkler valve inspections: Water pressure - document in PSI or kPA. You want to make sure that the sprinkler valves have sufficient pressure to reach and extinguish a fire if required.  Position of the valves – are they positioned in normal open/closed state?  Accessibility - are the valves easily accessible? Are there any obstructions near the valves?  Condition - are the valves in good condition? Is there any physical damage present?  Leaks - are there any external or internal

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Are Drones the Future of Building Inspections?

Are Drones the Future of Building Inspections?

Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s) that can fly in the air. They’ve been an extremely popular tech gadget for consumer use but slowly, industry uses are being applied. It may seem like drones are a new phenomenon but the technology actually dates back to WWI military use.  A Business Insider article outlines how drones have changed over time through seven progressive generations that range in capabilities. First generation is characterized by basic remote control capabilities. Second generation includes manual piloting and audio-visual capabilities such as camera and video recording. Generations 3-5 progressively have better audio-visual capabilities like 360 degree visuals and safety features including autopilot. Generations 6-7 have enhanced safety features which allow drones to be more suitable for commercial use. These safety features include various piloting modes, accurate sensors, airspace and autonomy awareness and auto-action allowing for self-takeoff, landing

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Reasons for Performing Inspections

Reasons for Performing Inspections

Inspections are completed for a variety of reasons including: Compliance Preventative Maintenance Insurance Coverage Compliance Inspections are performed because their completion is mandated under certain legislation, codes and bylaws. For example, the Ontario Fire Code (6.2.7.2) mandates that equipment such as fire extinguishers must be inspected every 30 days. Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act states that inspections of electrical rooms, first aid kits, eyewash stations etc., must be conducted regularly to prevent the development of unsafe working conditions. Legislation also identifies the types of deficiencies and conditions to look for during these inspections as well as how quickly these deficiencies need to be resolved. *We used Ontario as an example but each province in Canada has similar regulatory bodies that govern similar legislation. There are also federally regulated policies that need to be complied with. These standards are pretty co

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What is RegTech and how can it help you meet your regulatory/compliance requirements?

What is RegTech and how can it help you meet your regulatory/compliance requirements?

Regulatory Technology, commonly referred to as “RegTech” is a new term in many industries but it’s nothing to be intimidated by. RegTech is simply applying technology solutions/tools to regulatory and compliance processes/tasks such as audits, risk management, inspections, reporting requirements etc. RegTech aims to: Manage regulatory and compliance requirements  Create efficiencies & improve productivity Automate and simplify processes as current regulatory/compliance processes tend to be extremely manual Digitize regulatory/compliance information Integrate systems Establish cost effective solutions Increase collaboration and information sharing Proactively identify risks in advance Remediate existing regulatory/compliance issues or gaps Benefits of RegTech solutions: Automated processes – cost savings, efficiencies and reduced risk Digital datasets – information is securely stored and always accessible Information sharing – when processes are m

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Life-Safety Equipment and Location Inspections

Life-Safety Equipment and Location Inspections

Ensuring that life-safety equipment and locations are regularly inspected can help reduce risks associated with disasters and in fact is the responsibility of the building owner and/or property manager. It is critical that staff conducting inspections know all the equipment locations and proper inspection procedures. A slip-up from gross negligence cannot only be costly, but also has the potential to damage a building owner’s and/or management company’s reputation and leave them defending their actions to governing bodies. The law Provincial legislation and particular insurance policies dictate the frequency of life-safety equipment and location inspections. The Ontario Fire Code (6.2.7.2) mandates that equipment such as fire extinguishers must be inspected every 30 days (monthly). Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act states that inspections of electrical rooms, first aid kits, eye wash stations and so forth must be conducted at intervals that will prevent the development

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