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What Makes a Good Inspection Checklist?

Posted by Shawn Macpherson on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 @ 03:00 PM

A good inspection checklist is easy to use.

Inspections and audits act as the foundation for every safety program out there. They’re how companies can gather the necessary insight to discover potential hazards, equipment malfunctions, improper staff training, or unsafe working conditions, to name a few. 

Despite this fact, many organizations look at inspections and audits as a sort of necessary evil, just for the sake of regulatory compliance. Consequently, they often cut corners or turn a blind eye to poor inspection procedures. 


The Actual Benefits of a Good Inspection Checklist

When a comprehensive inspection checklist is put together, it will contain all the necessary details for every individual asset. It needs to be simple and easy-to-use in the field but not at the expense of becoming too generic. 

When appropriately designed, inspection checklists can be done either on paper or digitally, using mobile devices and cloud-based software. An advantage of a digital checklist is its many functionalities. The Checker Software, for instance, will analyze the data, compile reports, highlight trends, identify long-term inconsistencies, and provide alerts or notifications, among many other things. It will ensure that nothing goes unnoticed or slips through the cracks. 

All of these benefits ultimately help a company’s bottom line while supporting the well-being of personnel. A good inspection checklist will be able to:

  • Minimize project delays and unproductivity
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Reduce recurring problems
  • Prevent the use of unsafe assets, thus reducing employee injury
  • Discourage the improper or abusive use of assets
  • Help determine ideal maintenance schedules
  • Maximize scheduling productivity
  • Budget for downtime
  • Better evaluate asset quality. 

Important Aspects of the Checklist Design

It's important to keep in mind that poorly designed inspection checklists will not be taken seriously by staff members. Lists that aren't detailed enough or are not asset-specific are generally viewed as additional paperwork that needs to be done solely for the sake of regulation.  

What's more, these inferior inspection checklists will not provide many of the benefits mentioned above. So, when creating a sound inspection checklist, you should make sure to include the following aspects:

  • It should include a checkbox for every part of the asset that is essential for its safe and productive use.
  • The inspection checklist also needs to clearly state which exact problems will make that asset inoperable, as well as what issues need to be red-flagged for maintenance.
  • Checkboxes need to be listed in a logical and intuitive order, thus helping to streamline the inspection process. Listing them in alphabetical order, for instance, will force operators to waste precious time going back and forth searching for the right box to check. 
  • The overall design of the inspection checklist needs to be simple, easy to read, and easy to understand.

Takeaway

With the Checker Software, you can create your checklist format in accordance with your assets and needs. You will also have access to the many added benefits a digital inspection tool can provide. For more information, visit our website or contact us directly.

Topics: inspection software, inspection best practices, inspection management, inspection basics, inspection checklists, audit software

5 Benefits of Moving from a Paper-Based Inspection System to Inspection Software

Posted by Shawn Macpherson on Mon, Jun 25, 2018 @ 10:25 AM

5 benefits of moving from a paper based system

Even if a lot of today’s companies are using paper to conduct their daily business, the truth of the matter is that the current technological advancements are slowly but surely turning this material into something of the past. This transition will not happen overnight, mind you, but it is an ongoing process, nonetheless.

We live in a very fast-paced world, and almost everything under the sky is becoming digital, which means that everything is growing faster, easier to use and way more efficient. The benefits of inspection software far surpass the costs. They are a proven and profitable medium and long-term strategy for many company.

With that being said, here are five benefits of moving away from paper-based inspection systems to inspection software.

Storage Cost

The storage cost for inspection software is lower than paper-based inspection systems only because the entire logistic and bureaucratic processes are handled more effectively, making everything cheaper and more reliable in the process.. 

Instant Access to information

Now that almost everything is at a click away, why should our inspection procedures be any different? Paper-based inspection systems are harder to access at any time of day, as opposed to modern inspection software which is accessible from any part of the globe, day and night, 24/7. 

Ability to "Close the Loop" on Action Items

Closing the loop assures that a system or a process performs within controlled limits. This process can best be described as the most effective way of planning and monitoring in order to assure that the desired outputs are obtained. While this is also possible in a paper-based system, the inspection software comes with more benefits and it's easier to manage, considering that the amount of actions needed to achieve the desired results is reduced. Reducing the number of actions leads to reducing the chances of mistakes appearing throughout the entire closing the loop process.

Inspection software has a high capacity of being customized for the client's needs, offering the ability to "close the loop" on action items and a wide variety of other features which are, most of the times, easier to use than the classic paper-based inspection system.

Standardization of Inspection Checklists Across Locations

Uniformity across locations is one of the most significant problems encountered in the industry. It's extensive type work, and you need that special type of efficient employee who enjoys checking out all the little details to perfection. It requires a lot of hours and attention, and it's one of the areas where mistakes are most likely to appear.

By using inspection software, anyone can quickly check in real time if the standardization of inspection checklists (for example) across various locations is being met. Unfortunately, this is something the old pen and paper can't do!

Transparency

When it comes to this line of work, facility compliance audits, safety reviews, hazard assessments, inspection processes and anything in between; transparency is critical. It's one of the first things somebody looks at, at the beginning of a proposal, collaboration or before signing a contract. Everyone transparently wants the facts and figures, accessible at any moment. It is where inspection software like The Checker Pro comes into play. 

The Checker Pro takes your inspection program to the next level with a revolutionary software solution, with the incorporated options of allowing you to add only those exact modules you require for your company.

The Checker Pro enables its users to connect on any Internet-connected tablet, smartphone, laptop, or desktop computer, on any iOS, Android, or Windows device. The software comes with pre-built features and flexible configurations and can be setup to meet any individual needs while reducing costs and allowing users to see and manage their entire operations all at a click of a button.

Topics: safety management, inspections and profitability, inspection best practices, why inspect?, audit software

How Technology Can Improve Inspecting and Auditing

Posted by Shawn Macpherson on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 @ 09:29 AM

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Today's working environment is being changed by the many technological advancements that have been taking place over the past several years. In fact, we are now going through the so-called 4th Industrial Revolution, pushed in large part by what is known as the Internet of Things (IoT). These technological innovations are merging the mechanical and digital into a single device that can be controlled remotely or even left alone to manage itself.

In its annual EHS Technology Trends Survey, Cority has looked at what are the 2018 EHS technology priorities. EHS professionals from over 25 countries and 12 industry verticals were asked what their priorities were going forward and their answers are indicative of the trends happening around the world.

“With the GDPR compliance deadline fast-approaching and ISO 45001 soon to be published, it’s no surprise that standardizing procedures is the number one priority for EHS leaders in 2018,” said Pam Bobbitt, Director of Product Marketing and Channels at Cority.

“All of the emerging tech trends explored in this survey are integral to operational excellence and maintaining a competitive advantage, but EHS leaders looking to kick-start 2018 program performance will focus on streamlining and standardization procedures within their EHS management systems.”

 

Inspection and Auditing Technologies

After standardizing procedures, on the number two spot came sharing data across EHS departments enterprise-wide. It then was followed by predictive analytics and EHS mobile functionality.

When it comes to inspection and auditing, in particular, mobility is a key feature that stands out. Mobile phones and tablets are becoming widespread in this industry as they offer the required versatility and efficiency needed to do the job correctly. Instead of relying on paper and clipboards, more and more inspectors are turning to tablets.

Various voice-to-text technologies are also working their way into the audit sector. These can significantly increase the productivity and efficiency of the inspector when conducting their investigation. Instead of having to write everything down, they can now dictate to their tablet what needs inclusion in the report.

Cloud-based software is another piece of technology that inspectors are using when conducting their business. The Checker Software will provide an inspector conducting an audit with plenty of benefits that no portion of paper could match. This software is highly more accurate than writing things down. 

It can generate immediate benefits such as faster, reliable communication of results; easy monitoring; instant creation of corrective action steps; as well as electronic document archiving for compliance and analysis purposes. Since it's cloud-based, the Checker Software is also easy to set up, with no substantial investments required. Nevertheless, it is a solution that will improve your efficiency and safety and is something that more and more managers are turning towards.

Takeaway

In short, technology is quickly changing the way businesses conduct their inspections and audits. As more EHS professionals are turning to these technologies in their day-to-day business, it is safe to say that the quality of audits and the results they will generate will be of a higher quality than ever before. There will be less room for error, more visible improvements, and fewer accidents overall.

Topics: safety management, inspections and profitability, inspection best practices, why inspect?, audit software

The Importance of Inspections for Compliance

Posted by Shawn Macpherson on Mon, Jun 04, 2018 @ 09:13 AM

The importance of inspections for compliance

It is always disheartening to hear news about various workplace disasters. It is also during this time that questions begin to arise – question such as what happened, who is to blame, and could this have been avoided? It is no surprise that regulatory safety inspections will improve the safety of employees. Inspections should be an essential for any organization, regardless of their field of business.  

These inspections have several specific functions that include:

  • Identifying already existing or potentially hazardous conditions
  • Determining the underlying causes of those hazards
  • Monitoring hazard controls
  • Recommending corrective action that could address each issue at hand
  • Listening to concerns from workers and supervisors
  • Offering a further understanding of jobs and tasks from safety standards. 

The truth is, some managers are concerned about the organizational costs that revolve around compliance, opting instead to risk going without a safety inspection in the hopes that nothing wrong will happen. 

Nevertheless, statistics show that inspections lower the risk of an accident or an injury by 23%, even after three years. Random checks were shown to work equally as well, reducing the risk of injuries by 9% and, even more striking, the reduction of costs of reported injuries by up to 26%. 

The following factors usually dictate the frequency of these inspections:

  • National or regional legislation.
  • New processes and machinery that haven't been inspected
  • Past accidents or other incidents
  • The number and size of work operations
  • The type of equipment and work process

The Importance of Regulatory Inspections

There are several reasons why such regular inspections are right for an organization. For starters, failing to comply with safety standards can attract a hefty fine. If something terrible happens, that fine could be even higher. 

Secondly, there is a matter of reputation. No company is looking forward to appearing on the news when something wrong happens. It will attract unwanted publicity that will flag an organization for some time. 

The health and safety of your employees are also at play here. Even a minor accident such as a trip or a fall can lead to a severe accident which can put that employee in the hospital. When such an accident does occur within an organization, a company-wide drop in morale usually follows. 

Last but not least is a case of lost revenue. This will take on different forms, depending on the exact circumstances. Lost revenue after an accident or injury comes from reduced productivity as a result of lowered employee morale.

Negative media attention can also cause a reduction in sales or terms of partnership opportunities. Then, there is a matter of legal fees, fines, increased administrative costs related to the injury, damaged property, machinery, or tools, as well as the cost associated with a new hire - if applicable.  

Takeaway

Investing in regulatory inspections can and will increase revenue. If all goes well and these audits do their job, the day-to-day operations will run smoothly and without a hitch. But when accidents happen, there will be a significant disruption that will extend well beyond the incident itself. The company will spend considerable time of weeks or months to recover. A cloud-based piece of software, such as The Checker Software , will provide you with many valuable management tools for higher accuracy, effectiveness, and safety.

Topics: safety management, inspections and profitability, legal compliance, inspection best practices, why inspect?

5 Ways to Make Your Workplace Inspection Effective

Posted by Shawn Macpherson on Mon, May 28, 2018 @ 09:14 AM

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Regular workplace inspections are essential in preventing all sorts of incidents, injuries, illnesses, property damages, or loss of revenue. There are some companies out there that for mainly financial reasons skip these inspections in the hopes of cutting on expenses. Unfortunately, however, this can only be considered a short-term solution at best or an accident waiting to happen, at worst.  

Only with a critical examination of the workplace enables business owners to save on costs, injury, and future liabilities. These inspections, if done professionally and regularly, will identify potential hazards, issue a corrective action, gain a deeper understanding of jobs and tasks performed, and listen to employee concerns. Here are five ways that will improve the effectiveness of your workplace inspection. 

1. Identifying Potentially Hazardous Situations

Every inspection needs to take a close look at all elements that comprise the workplace. It includes the who, what, where, when, and how. You should, nevertheless, pay extra close attention to such things as noise, lighting, temperature, vibration, and ventilation - elements that could develop into unsafe or unhealthy conditions down the line. Inspections also need to go out of the areas where work is regularly conducted, and extend to such places like the parking lot, locker rooms, rest area, etc. 

There are many types of workplace hazards that you need to look out for and classified as biological, chemical, ergonomic, physical, psychological, and safety hazards. Among them, there are things like inadequate machine guards or unsafe workplace conditions, viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites, repetitive and forceful movements, as well as prolonged awkward postures, improper or faulty equipment, noise, temperature, overwork, stress, or even violence. 

2. Listen to Employees Concerns

The employees most exposed to the day-to-day activities are the ones most qualified to address concerns. Their input will prove valuable in determining what areas need particular attention, as well as what improvements are necessary to streamline operations and increase productivity.

3. Identify Underlying Issues

When looking for health or safety issues within your workplace, you should not stop at just identifying them. Once such a hazard is detected, you should also try and look for any underlying issues that may have caused it firstly. Depending on the circumstances, these issues, if not identified, can result in the same problems to reappear. 

4. Report Everything to Management

Nothing should be left out or somehow swept under the rug, not during an inspection, or during every other day. The faster an issue is identified and reported, the easier and less costly it will be to fix. Whatever may seem out of the ordinary, potentially dangerous, or something that stifles productivity or wellbeing should be addressed as soon as possible, for everyone's benefit. 

5. Don't Just Say What's Wrong, Make Recommendations 

For a workplace inspection to be successful, it is not enough to merely point out what is wrong. Realistic solutions need to be brought forth to complete the circle and help improve conditions in the workplace.

Takeaway

Regular workplace inspections are not a drain on resources, as some managers may believe, but the exact opposite. They ensure that everything runs smoothly and without interruption, all the while keeping the workforce safe and productive. For an even more effective auditing process, consider The Checker Software , a fully integrated and scalable software solution.  

Topics: safety management, inspections and profitability, legal compliance, inspection best practices, why inspect?

Is Your Company Ready for Audit/Inspection Software? Download Our Checklist of Considerations

Posted by Shawn Macpherson on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 @ 12:44 PM

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In The Checker blog, we consistently advocate the use of software designed to maximize the value of audits and inspections.  

But as much as we believe in the value of audit/inspection software, we realize that not all companies are ready for it.  In some companies, certain issues need to be addressed before moving to a software solution.  

To help you determine if you have any of these issues, we’re offering a free download of a Checklist of questions you can ask to determine your company’s software readiness. 

When Companies Aren’t Quite Ready 

Adopting audit/inspection software includes some technical and logistical issues and you shouldn’t overlook those (and our Checklist doesn’t). But as the nature of many of The Checklist questions reveals, having buy-in from personnel and management is an overriding prerequisite for success. 

If a significant number of the personnel who are going to be using the software are the type of people who would say of themselves, “I’m not a computer person,” then smooth adoption of the software will be difficult. Even a single key company leader can make adoption a challenge if that leader doesn’t appreciate the power of the software and the business logic for using it. 

In general, companies should evaluate their digital savviness. If the people affected by a switch to software are going to grumble and resist the move—or if they simply aren’t comfortable enough with the technology to use if effectively—then it may be premature to make a quick switch to software.  

It’s not that software requires IT staff or users who are computer whizzes—the cloud-based <Checker Software> is so simple to set up and easy to use that no special technical knowledge is necessary. However, personnel without a basic comfort and familiarity with using software are more likely to resist the change and lack the mindset necessary to make use of the software’s full capabilities. 

And the leaders who control the purses strings—including key decision-makers who might never directly use the software themselves—need to understand what those full capabilities are.  

Even if leaders who want the software are able to get it budgeted, division among leadership can undermine the software’s adoption. Without an understanding of what the software can provide (much more than just allowing for inspections on mobile devices), the software’s value is likely to be underappreciated by some key decision-makers, potentially leading to their impatience with the adoption process and even denial of continued funding. 

Fortunately, no challenge related to personnel and management buy-in—or any other factor that could hinder audit/inspection software adoption—is too great to overcome. But first you must identify the specific challenges for YOUR organization. That’s what our Checklist of considerations is for. 

Download it now!

Takeaway 

Moving from paper-based processes to audit/inspection software can greatly benefit any organization—reducing costs by improving communication of results, accuracy, maintenance efficiency, planning, compliance management, and much more.  

However, before moving to software, it’s wise to evaluate your company’s readiness to make the most of it. Our Checklist will help you determine how prepared you are to begin using software, as well to identify areas on which to focus to increase readiness. 

Topics: inspection best practices, inspection checklists, inspection basics, The Checker history, audit software

A Book For Every Thing

Posted by Shawn Macpherson on Wed, Nov 01, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

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One day while visiting a customer, we asked if The Checker inspection checklist books were helping them with their inspections. They didn’t know what we were talking about.

We explained that they’ve been ordering our checklist books for crane inspections for some time.

“Oh, the crane books,” our host said. “Sure, we love those. They work great.”

That conversation caused us to wonder: How many of our customers are using our books to inspect only their cranes, forklifts, trucks, etc. and don’t know they could use our books to inspect any asset in their organization?

We understand why customers might not realize how many ways our inspection checklists can be used. After all, one of the strengths of The Checker compared to other checklist-book providers is that each of our books contains a checklist that’s specific to what’s being inspected. Even though each book has the same easy-to-use format, the detail in each checklist is different based on the equipment, vehicle, or other asset being inspected.

So, I can see why our customer came to think of The Checker as “crane books” only—we clearly made our crane checklists for the sole purpose of inspecting cranes.

I just want to make sure that our current and future customers realize that our books’ specificity doesn’t mean that we’re limited. We have more than a hundred books, each designed for a specific type of inspection, and we can create customized books if necessary.

Is there anything in your organization that you’re inspecting without using The Checker? If you like the preciseness and efficiencies of The Checker for what you’re already using it for, why not take advantage of The Checker for everything you inspect?

Even if you only need one type of inspection book in your role, there may be other areas of your organization—different departments, divisions, locations, etc.—that could benefit. You might also have strategic partners who would appreciate learning about how The Checker can help them.

We don’t mind being called the “crane book” because we believe we’re the best provider of crane inspection checklists. We just want you to know that we can help with inspections other than cranes, or any other single asset—not because our checklists are generic but because we took the time to develop multiple checklists that are each specific to exactly what needs inspecting.

Download our list of checklists to see what we mean.

Takeaway

The Checker inspection checklist books can be used for all the inspections your organization does because you can choose a book that’s designed specifically for each type of asset you inspect.

 

Topics: inspection best practices, inspection checklists, equipment maintenance, inspection basics

Roadside Inspections? No Problem

Posted by Shawn Macpherson on Wed, Oct 25, 2017 @ 09:56 AM

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The results are in, and not surprisingly the top three violations during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s 2017 Roadcheck Inspection Blitz were for brake systems, cargo securement, and tires/wheels.

The annual blitz was held June 6-8 in the United States and Canada. CVSA certified inspectors conducted more than 62,000 Level I, II, and III commercial vehicle and driver safety inspections during this year’s crackdown, with the majority being the 37-step Level I inspections. Vehicles and drivers were inspected at inspection sites, weigh stations, and roving patrol locations.

Overall, 19.4% of vehicles and 4.7% of drivers were placed out of service following the inspections, according to CVSA. Among the more than 40,000 Level I inspections, 23% of vehicles and 4.2 % of drivers were placed out of service.

This annual blitz could be a cause for fear. But not if you’re using The Checker inspection checklist books.

These detailed checklist books include all the items than need to be in working order if a driver is stopped for an inspection—during a CVSA blitz or any other time of the year during a regular CVOR (Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration) check or any other inspection by a regulatory agency.

“The books are great,” says Tom Hester of Shady Lane Expert Tree Care Inc. in Ontario. “The guys love them. And since we’ve been using them, we’ve had several CVOR and MTO (Ontario Ministry of Transportation) roadside inspections with no issues.”

With a duplicate copy of each checklist form in each book, drivers can inspect their vehicles, turn a copy into the office, and keep one on hand in the vehicle, ready to prove to any roadside inspector that vehicle inspections are done regularly and thoroughly. Most importantly, use of the checklists ensures that vehicles won’t be on the road if they’re not roadworthy because of some defect.

Shady Lane isn’t worried about roadside inspections, and you don’t have to be either with The Checker.

Takeaway

Whether it’s brakes, tires, wheels, cargo securement, or any other common problem, The Checker inspection checklist books will ensure that your drivers know about the problem before enforcement officers do or lives are endangered.

View our extensive library of inspections for vehicles and other commercial assets here.

 

Topics: inspection software, audit/inspection software, inspection best practices, inspection checklists

Using Software to Mature Your Inspecting Processes

Posted by Shawn Macpherson on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 @ 07:00 AM

Software is used in virtually every industry to increase efficiency and reduce costs. But many companies are not fully applying the benefits of software to one of their most vital business functions—inspections and audits.

Image result for maturitySome are still using entirely paper-based processes.  In some situations, such as remote job sites without connectivity, paper is logistically necessary for conducting inspections and audits. However, all companies can benefit from having results entered into audit/inspection software. And most companies can benefit from having their inspectors directly enter results into the software.

Others are using software for some aspects of their inspecting processes, but the software is either nothing more than an e-form unconnected to any other software, or it is just one of many modules in an enterprise software suite. Neither of those types of software are mature solutions because the software isn’t designed to extract all the value from inspections and audits.

What’s needed to maximize efficiencies, reduce costs, and gain the full value from inspections and audits? Software designed specifically to improve inspections and audits.

What Software Can Do for You

If you’re using software—or contemplating software—in an effort to mature your inspecting processes, the software you use should:

  • Be able to immediately communicate all inspection/audit results to the necessary, designated people (including maintenance), via notifications, alerts, emails, and PDF attachments
  • Have the flexibility to meet the needs of your specific industry and business, with the ability to configure dashboards and create your own audits and checklists
  • Provide an extensive selection of detailed, pre-built audits and inspection checklists
  • Automatically generate action steps based on results, according to priorities and responsibilities you set up
  • Provide automatic reports based on criteria you select, allowing you to gain valuable insight into causes, trends, and process inefficiencies
  • Include scoring capabilities to allow inspectors to rate the severity of issues rather than only pass or fail.
  • Have intuitive interfaces uncluttered by information unrelated to inspections and audits.

In general, the software should be easy-to-use; easily configurable to meet your specific processes; and focused solely on audits and inspections (with simple integration with other business systems). This focus will bring the best results.

You will see reductions in a range of costs, including labor, maintenance, and safety. And you’ll gain a valuable management tool expressly designed for those responsible for inspecting and auditing processes.

Takeaway

Inspection and audit processes are critical to any business. Beyond compliance, they offer opportunities to identify and correct problems sooner, leading to better business outcomes. Such a valuable function deserves software designed specifically to improve inspecting processes, with features that help a company in all aspects of inspecting and auditing: execution, follow-up, recording, reporting, and continuous improvement.

We designed The Checker Software specifically to be the easy-to-use, flexible, and focused audit/inspection software that companies need to continue to mature their inspecting and auditing processes. To learn about how The Checker Software can help your organization gain more value from audits and inspections, click here.

Topics: inspection software, audit/inspection software, inspection best practices, inspection checklists

Sharing Best-Practice Information to Reduce Audit/Inspection Complexity

Posted by Shawn Macpherson on Wed, Jul 05, 2017 @ 04:35 PM

You can’t argue against following best practices.

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In any area of a business, identifying and implementing best practices is a recipe for success. Best practices, after all, are proven methods of maximizing the value of operations.

Nowhere is that truer than with inspections and audits. Whether an organization follows best practices in their audits and inspections can be a matter of life and death. It only takes one overlooked item, in a system without sufficient checks, to create a serious safety hazard.

Less dramatically, but very importantly, companies that don’t follow audit/inspection best practices are losing a substantial amount of potential value. Best practices can reduce costs and increase the risk-prevention effectiveness of audits and inspections.

However, while audit/inspection best practices are simple and obvious at a general level—for example, you should always inspect worksites before each shift—they can get very complex at a specific level. A typical business today might be inspecting highly technical equipment, complicated facilities, storage of risky materials, or other intricate items.

When auditing or inspecting at such a complex level, best practices can be difficult to remember—particularly for personnel responsible for auditing or inspection multiple, varied assets or processes. But that’s true only for people, not for computers.

In many cases, personnel can’t possibly be expected to have all the information in their head to effectively inspect everything they’re responsible for. We’ve seen someone who had to carry around 12 binders just to have all the pertinent information about following best practices!

Computers can make all that information available on one screen at the press of a few buttons, with no chance of human error or oversight.

That’s where audit/inspection software, such as The Checker Software, comes in. Our cloud-based software has many benefits, and among them is its Info Manager module, which allows information about best practices to be readily available to anyone with an internet-connected device (tablet, phone, or PC).

With the Info Manager we have made it easy to attach information to any question or checklist item that can help the auditor or inspector. You can attach documents, images or even links to the information you want to make available.

The flexibility of the Info Manager means you can use it for all kinds of helpful information, including:

  • A list of relevant recognized best practices
  • Pictures of items, areas, etc. with “Yes” and “No” versions, or whatever gradations you wish, to help guide the inspector’s evaluations
  • Graphics to show how specific audits or inspections should be conducted
  • Relevant regulations and standards
  • Relevant company policies and procedures
  • Tips for how to conduct specific audits and inspections more efficiently and accurately
  • “How-to” videos
  • FAQs about specific audits and inspections
  • Any additional text, image, or video directions that are necessary.

The Info Manager is easy to use and helps take the complexity out of auditing and inspecting processes, whatever industry you’re in.

And it’s just one of the many benefits of The Checker Software! Our software can transform audits and inspections from an ad-hoc effort into a comprehensive, value-added business program.

Takeaway

Audits and Inspections have become so complex that it can be difficult for personnel to remember and follow established best practices. You need your audit/inspection software to be able to store best-practice information in “one place” and instantly share it with the people who need it—eliminating reliance on human memory and the need to carry around paper manuals, guides, etc., while saving time.

Topics: audit software, inspection best practices, inspection software