Electrical work is considered a high risk activity. Electrical workers need to be skilled, competent but most of all they require correct information.
The importance of this fact is emphasised in the Mines Safety and Inspection Regulations 1995 (WA);
Mines Safety and Inspection Regulations 1995
Why do these regulations exist?
These regulations are implemented based on incidents that have occurred in the past – to protect electrical workers from negligence or poor processes. Ensuring these systems are in place and that obligations are met is paramount to safe work in mining operations.
In addition, incorrect drawing records contribute to:
- Damage to equipment
- Unsafe electrical systems
- Near misses
- Injury to personnel or even death
The risks to workers are real. Incorrect or out of date revisions and mislabelled equipment are issues that correct drawing management can mitigate.
Challenges facing the mining industries
The mining industries have undergone a transition in recent years. During the boom, resources were plentiful but some control over processes may have been lost and in many cases drawing management standards have declined.
Unfortunately, with the reduced investment cycle, organisations no longer have sufficient resources to deal with this legacy. These situations require technology to enable your workforce.
Providing the correct information and ensuring it remains correct benefits the entire organisation.
Maintaining drawing integrity
Luckily, maintaining integrity of data for most organisations, even with a transient workforce, does not need to be complex or onerous. Technology has made drawing management, collaboration and revisions far more efficient.
Providing an up-to-date drawing management system drives workforce efficiency. A study published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) indicates that up to 40% of engineering time is spent locating and validating information.
Correct drawing management is essential for not only regulatory compliance and increased productivity but for the safety of your workforce. Have you ever worked off the wrong drawing or version?
RedEye can help your organisation create the Single Source of Truth (SSOT) for engineering drawings and data. RedEye is an easy to adopt, scalable, secure, cloud based solution that allows you to find and markup the correct drawing on mobile whether online or offline.
RedEye is designed specifically for large asset owners like mining companies. We understand the regulatory and safety challenges drawing management presents in these industries and can assist you in implementing a solution.
Contact us today and see how easy it is to implement RedEyeDMS and meet your obligations.