Falls are the number one cause of fatalities in the construction industry. So it's no surprise that lack of fall protection documentation is consistently at the top of OSHA’s list of most-cited safety violations as reported by the National Safety Council.
And that's why many construction safety managers are turning to RFID to track fall prevention equipment.
Honeywell Safety Products is one company that offers Enabled Safety Products, an asset tracking and management system for safety managers, inspectors and industrial workers that is designed to reduce operational costs, improve worker safety and assure regulatory compliance. Assets, such as Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), can be uniquely identified through use of an embedded or physically attached ultra-high frequency RFID tag or label.
This tag is read electronically and provides access to detailed information including product description, serial number, date of manufacture, and other critical item specific data. Upon scanning the RFID tag for the first time with a hand-held computer or pre-loaded scanner, management can access the product information from its time of service to decommission, providing for real-time asset tracking control and safety compliance.
RFID is now standard on most of Honeywell’s proprietary Miller by Honeywell harnesses, lanyards and self-retracting lifelines, and the tags are adaptable to other brand safety equipment as well. Once scanned, the equipment can be easily and accurately tracked for assignment, usage, inspection, instant notice of product advisories, special equipment training requirements, personnel training status and safety compliance management.
Multiple locations can be included, saving time and cost and increasing the ROI on the investment in the system. The company stresses safety and regulatory compliance as high value features of this RFID tracking technology.
John Roth of Honeywell Safety Products stressed that the system is non-invasive and easy to implement. “It provides an efficient means to track PPE and manage the common tasks associated with them, such as inspection and assignment,” he said in a recent interview with Barcode News.
“The RFID system employs advanced technologies to simplify access and management of information, enabling management to keep track of equipment for assigned location or worker, date and time of last inspection, missing or misplaced assets, scheduled maintenance and repairs," Roth said. "Information is updated and accessed real-time via a secure web-based internet connection, providing accurate record keeping and visibility to offer an additional layer of construction or industrial site safety.”