Why it’s essential for organizations to control, maintain and implement effective management of processes, health & safety risks leveraging aggregated data in real time
Control of work is a concept defined by an interconnected network of systems that are designed to leverage data, insights and technology in order to reduce risks, enhance productivity, and translate processes into ongoing safety and security. It’s an intelligent approach to environment health and safety (EHS) that weaves together every thread of data into a trusted fabric that supports both employee and company.
The concept has evolved over the past few years thanks to the growing ubiquity and accessibility of technology. From the Internet of Things (IoT) to big data to artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), automation and analytics, technology has connected the workplace dots in ways that were never possible before. Now, control of work provides teams and leaders with information they can use in real time to address risk, increase engagement, promote safe behavior, and improve reporting.
On the business side, real-time insights and reporting can help companies build resilience in a complex market. A recent McKinsey report found that the quality market leaders in the manufacturing sector shared was simple – leveraging tools and technologies that allowed them to drive operational excellence throughout their sites and systems. Companies can improve speed, revitalize productivity, transform operational decision making and empower human capital with the right technology tools at their disposal.
The Control of Work Checklist
Delivering effective management of processes, health and safety risks, this is the ultimate control of work checklist:
- Flexible system with different setups, workflows and dynamic routines
- Manage change, trend incidents by location and view improvement and Corrective Action Preventive Action (CAPA) activities over time
- Centralized visual command center with dashboards and interactive reports
- Data support investigation and corrective action
- Intuitive workflows include action tracking, knowledge management, and approval controls
- Analyze all work processes across the facility and set and monitor KPI’s
- Collecting all the information necessary for reporting processes, anywhere, anytime
Permit to Work (PTW)
PTW forms one of the core pillars of control of work. This systematic process is used to authorize controlled work in non-standard and potentially hazardous working conditions and covers the areas of risk management, hazard identification, isolation management, and safety protocol development. Permit to Work connects to the control of work body by providing clarity and visibility to the work floor, especially if it combines both permit and risk assessment into a single system.
When connected to a centralized dashboard, PTW offers decision makers and workers a trusted layer of safety that’s invaluable within highly complex environments. A PTW is essentially a tool used in hazardous industries to ensure that specific work is done safely and efficiently by the right people within a specified time frame. It has to be agile enough to evolve along with the environment and detailed enough to ensure that everything is correctly aligned.
Shift management systems woven into the control of work digital ecosystem offers the business a comprehensive move from paper to digital and puts everything in one place to ensure that all information is discussed and transferred to relevant people and departments at the right time. This takes the information flow that can traditionally get stuck in silos or lost in transmission and puts it into a cohesive ecosystem that prevents it from stagnating in the wrong inbox or gathering dust on a desk. Instead, data flows throughout the business to create a dynamic tapestry of workflows, user behaviors, system notifications and so much more, and it can all be intelligently used to create a platform that’s agile enough to evolve with the business while ensuring robust worker safety.
Lock-out Tagout (LOTO)
Finally, the fourth arrow in the control of work bow is LOTO – the ability to enhance efficiency with a digital management solution. With a standardized and automated LOTO solution, companies can closely manage equipment removal, isolation and restoration across multiple sites with ease. A digital, easy to use, holistic, flexible LOTO management solution can optimize LOTO activities as well as improve personnel safety in the event of improper equipment manipulation. Standardized procedures throughout the organization with 24/7 access to real-time data visualized in the command center and that’s connected to company IoT, IIoT and ERP platforms reduce overall risk and maximize the use of assets to improve productivity.
The excellence of GOARC
The GOARC Safety 4.0 platform is a comprehensive control of work ecosystem that does more than just weave every one of these advanced technology threads into a cohesive fabric, it delivers real-time, relevant, dynamic, and comprehensive insights to a centralized dashboard that allows for ongoing customization and site optimization. The GOARC Safety 4.0 platform is an innovative industrial safety solution that blends JSA, LOTO, PTW and shift management into an AI-driven solution that leverages predictive analytics for behavior-based safety within dynamic safety routines. Using data, technology and behavioral science, the SaaS-based Safety 4.0 platform allows for organizations to use real-time data collection to eliminate information gaps, data gaps and team silos by moving from point solutions into one real-time, multi-level fully connected solution.