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worker safety

Software
Combines
Safety,
Maintenance
Mark Carter
Yokogawa RAP

IN MANY PROCESSES carried out in industrial facilities, introducing safety requirements has
required personnel to step outside the natural
workflow to ensure compliance, often leading to
delays. To address this and other maintenance
issues, software now exists that provides users with
the ability to define safety requirements that align
with all other aspects of the job, from planning
through authorization to execution. One such program is RAPnet from Yokogawa RAP Ltd, Swansea, UK (yokogawa-rap.com). By integrating these
requirements into the heart of the work process,
all safety considerations can be addressed as they
arise, making compliance a matter of routine.
The key to effective use of these tools is a knowledge base that can be brought to bear at any time
in the maintenance process to guide and instruct
progress. The software provides users with the
ability to completely characterize the maintenance
workplace into a series of discrete elements and
then compile the result into an accessible format.
Each element is pre-loaded with all of the safety
requirements for that particular aspect of the
activity. Once the knowledge base is completed,
plant personnel have a comprehensive library of
requirements for all jobs.
In the right column is all that's required for each
new activity.

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Software that combines maintenance tasks with related safety factors saves time and
ensures compliance.

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Break the job into bite-sized tasks and describe each in terms of icons.
	 Place the job on a plant or facility site map, useful for identifying any potentially
negative interactions in execution.

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Avoid unnecessary misunderstandings by involving personnel charged with carrying out the task in the initial setup.

Carry out the actions associated with each of the icons. These activities can vary,
but are most likely in the form of:
	 up-front actions to adequately and safely prepare the worksite
	 authorizations and approvals in the form of electronic endorsements from
appropriate personnel
	 mandatory controls that must always be in place
	 specific PPE requirements. EP

Mark Carter is Consulting Business Development Director for Yokogawa RAP, Swansea,
UK. For more information about RAPnet, visit yokogawa-rap.com.

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