In our last article, we took a closer look at how industries around the world manage critical facilities.
This compilation of common problems and good practices has been brought together by a special OECD project, designed to centralize mutual knowledge to help industries overcome certain challenges.
So today, we’re going to look at the tools that are commonly used in the context of critical asset management and that the OECD has managed to bring together during its project.
Most companies have developed or purchased digital tools, aimed at facilitating the work of inspectors, as well as implementing a more efficient way of performing inspections – in terms of strategy, costs, time, etc.
Even the simplest tools, such as common databases, have proven to be very useful for inspectors, as they allow for better coordination, overview and visualization of inspections planned and carried out by different authorities.
In addition, digitized documents have significantly increased the efficiency, accuracy and timeliness of inspectors: when safety-related documents are processed in a standard form (hence the value of having a standardized, predefined form/protocol for inspection-related data), inspections can ensure reliable implementation of inspection strategies.
Some countries reported using remote inspections to save time, travel and resources for minor inspection operations. Of course, such interventions are only possible if the site is well known, has not been modified and is not subject to threatening accidents. Nevertheless, connection and security issues have been reported and are causing concern.
n addition to point 1, checklists and forms have been developed to help inspectors carry out their tasks more efficiently: evaluation of safety standards, compliance with regulations, etc. These checklists provide a more structured approach to data collection, monitoring and evaluation of whether or not a given production site is under control.
In light of this evidence, gathered from various industries around the world by the OECD, Sirfull’s inspection software stands out as a major tool in the implementation of a more efficient, cost-effective and timely approach to critical asset management. Our team is able to provide first-hand experience and expertise, as we already have customers from all over the world who use our system with great satisfaction and reliability.