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What Do You Get Out Of Inspections?

What Do You Get Out Of Inspections?

Sometimes it’s difficult getting buy-in to complete inspections. They are time consuming and one could argue that the majority of the time, nothing bad happens. But there’s actually a lot in it for you and your organization in terms of inspections. Inspections provide a lot of benefits including: Documented due diligence Compliance to legislation, codes, by-laws etc. Avoidance of fines Defense against liability in the event an incident/accident occurs Management of reputational risk and avoidance of negative media coverage A safer workplace – less injuries and fatalities Less accidents = better insurance premiums Reduced loss time or work delays due to injury Reduced costs associated with loss time or work delays due to equipment malfunction/breakdown Asset protection Proactive fixes before they become a huge problem – and a burden on the pocket book Improved equipment reliability and optimization Increased equipment and system efficiency Peace of mind that everythi

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How to Inspect?

How to Inspect?

There are different ways of satisfying inspection requirements and they have evolved over time. Inspection methods include: Pen and Paper Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) Near-Field Communication (NFC) The most basic form of inspection uses pen and paper; it’s also the most widely used method at the moment. Personnel go to each location with their paper form or check list and mark down that they have inspected the equipment and note any deficiencies. A manager collects all records of the inspection to review and verify that all areas have been inspected and notify the appropriate personnel of any deficiencies found through email or a work order system. This method of inspection can leave room for human error and requires storage/indexing. It is also time consuming to review all paperwork and manually send out deficiencies to the appropriate parties.  Over time, technology has evolved to help automate the inspection process. In the 1990s, a cylinder-shaped tool that

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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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[White Paper] Why Inspect?

[White Paper] Why Inspect?

Executive Summary This whitepaper will provide a high level overview of the main reasons why building inspections are completed including compliance, preventative maintenance and insurance coverage; the different methods for completing inspections manually or through the use of technology; the benefits that come from completing inspections; and insight into future technologies that will impact inspections.  Key questions addressed: What are the reasons for completing building inspections? What are the different methods for completing inspections? What benefits are gained from completing inspections? What are the trends and future technologies that will impact building inspections?  Who should read this? Facility/Property Managers Building Operations Managers Security Managers Health and Safety departments and committee members  Why inspect? Inspections are completed for a variety of reasons including: Com

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