Safety inspection software converts the items on a paper-based safety inspection checklist into electronic form so that inspections can be conducted using a mobile device such as personal digital assistant (PDA), tablet or smartphone. The automation of OH&S inspections can be broken into several steps as follows:
STEP ONE.The safety inspection software will generate a work order when a scheduled inspection is due to be completed. The work order can be sent wirelessly to field safety inspectors who will receive an alert on their mobile device.
STEP TWO.Once the inspector has received a notification about a scheduled safety inspection, the safety inspection software loaded onto his mobile device will advise him where the item or site to be inspected is located using GPS technology. He can view a detailed history of previous safety inspections for each device. RFID tags or barcodes can be attached to specific items so that once they have been scanned, the inspector can be confident he is inspecting the correct item.
STEP THREE.The safety inspection software displays the correct safety checklist on the mobile device. The inspector can take a photo of any problems and then annotate the image. The software also allows audio recorded inspection notes to be attached to each inspection report.
STEP FOUR.Once the inspection has been completed, the safety inspection software sends the inspection information to a database which safely and securely stores this information for future access. The inspection information can be accessed using a desktop computer and reports can be generated, printed and emailed as required.