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02 May 2019

Factsafe: Taking the Sweat out of Site Safety Inspections

Chris Hadfield is a Canadian astronaut who’s spent more than 4,000 hours in space, can play the guitar and is, annoyingly, a good writer too. His bestselling book ‘An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth’ takes lessons learned in space and applies them to life back on the ground. One lesson stands out from the crowd. And it’s this: sweat the small stuff.

Self-help books will tell you ‘Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff’. That’s sound advice for parenthood, getting fit and other challenges, but it’s kinda risky if you’ve a safety audit looming. We’re with Chris Hadfield: do sweat the small stuff, because when you do, the ‘big stuff’ will fall into place.

But so far, this hasn’t been easy. Managing Safe Systems of Work has always been labour-intensive, involving various different records, only to be cross referenced during a spot-check or audit, or when an issue crops up for investigation. Some records are handwritten on printed checklists and then typed them up prior to submission, others are recorded in iAuditor during the inspection/audit. It’s a mess, isn’t it?

That’s why we created FactSafe

At QEM Solutions, we’ve years of site experience, and safety is always at the forefront of our minds. But we also understand that preparing for safety audits and inspections is onerous, especially when your deadlines are tight. To solve this problem for ourselves (and you), we created FactSafe, our cloud-based inspection/auditing software that enables engineers and inspectors to carry out inspections onsite in a more effective and efficient manner.

Factsafe enables field operatives to save timestamped and geo-located evidence of critical project events using mobile devices. The system ensures that pre-determined checklists created are available onsite in “Fat Finger Apps” so that live data can be collected as and when the inspection is taking place.

In addition to this, all of the data collected is immediately available to the relevant authorised stakeholders.

The benefits of Factsafe are many:

  • Faster, more accurate data collection
  • Timestamping of all data collected
  • Ability to take photos of all aspects being inspected
  • Immediate reporting once the Project Assurance Controller has saved and authorised the report
  • Immediate communication of audit results to relevant stakeholders
  • Weighted scoring allocation for every checklist question
  • Ability to monitor trends in data across checklists and sites
  • RACI Incident reporting

So, if onsite safety is your number one priority, it’s time to bring all your facts and figures into one secure place – FactSafe. And you can sweat the small stuff, without the perspiration.  

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