What is a competent person?

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Competence can be defined as the combination of training, skills, experience and knowledge that a person has and their ability to apply them to perform a task safely. 

A competent person is someone that has a full understanding of the potential hazards related to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and how to comply with best practice and these regulations. A competent person has had sufficient training and experience or knowledge and other qualities that allow them to help you properly. You must be assisted by a competent person to meet the requirements of the health and safety law when using any equipment. The level of competence demanded depends on the complexity of the circumstances and the help you need.

A competent person is generally set apart from their colleagues and is associated in overseeing, inspecting and auditing the working practices of others.

Who can provide training?

Anyone that provides training on the use of PPE should be sufficiently skilled and trained. The degree of skill of the training provider depends on different factors including the nature of the work equipment, the potential risks. 

Read our PPE Management for Contractors article to learn about who is responsible for training.

An example of when a competent person is needed is when thorough examinations and inspections of lifting equipment are to be completed. The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) states, in Regulation 8, that a competent person responsible for planning must have ‘the skills, knowledge and experience to make the relevant assessment of the requirements of the lifting equipment being used and the type of task being carried out’. The inspection and testing of protection devices must also be carried out by a competent person at frequent intervals records of these inspections must be stored securely.

Regulations also state the person carrying out inspections must have the appropriate knowledge and experience of the equipment, this enables them to detect defects and continue to use the equipment safely.

Papertrail is designed for managing PPE and health and safety equipment in your workplace. With Papertrail, you can set daily, weekly, monthly or 6-monthly inspection schedules for all your equipment, and get notified whenever another inspection is due – all inspections are stored securely.

You can review and improve your inspection management system today for FREE! Download our 5 Step Management System Review Workbook, created for equipment managers to ensure your PPE management system is effective.


Teufelberger and Papertrail unveil strategic partnership

Teufelberger, the world-leading rope manufacturer, today announced a strategic partnership with the world’s top provider of personal protective equipment (PPE) management platforms, Papertrail.

The partnership will see Papertrail’s inspection management platform being offered to customers alongside selected Teufelberger product lines from 2019.

This will give Teufelberger customers the option of storing and updating product details and inspection results simply and easily at any time, using Papertrail’s cloud-based mobile applications.

“At Teufelberger we provide ropes and equipment for some of the most demanding customers and applications on the planet” said Angela Lloyd, business unit manager for Teufelberger’s Tree Care Division.

“Maintaining this product in top condition is of critical importance to our customers and will be a lot easier to keep digital records thanks to partnership between Teufelberger and Papertrail.”

Ben Scholes, Papertrail’s CEO, said: “Papertrail is the industry standard for inspection, certification and audit management in the PPE Sector. We believe this partnership will bring significant benefits to Teufelberger’s customers, improving safety and quality.”

Teufelberger Products will soon be available to search and add to Papertrail accounts using the PPE Product Directory.

About Teufelberger

Family-owned Teufelberger is a diversified, international group specialising in fibre ropes, steel wire ropes and strapping. Innovation, steady growth and geographic expansion are firmly defined goals in the group strategy. www.teufelberger.com

About Papertrail

Papertrail offers the world’s leading Inspection and compliance management software platform. We make inspection management and safety compliance faster and more efficient, creating operational efficiencies for organisations of all sizes. www.papertrail.io

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Coming soon – new functionality to Papertrail

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The Papertrail platform will have Task Manager – the facility to create tasks to evidence corrective and preventative actions

 Llanfairfechan – 25 May 2017 – The forthcoming Task Manager functionality will enable users to create tasks to evidence corrective and preventative actions, thus providing enhanced support to quality management systems already in place.

Tasks can be created on any record to aid other team members to see what actions need to be undertaken and when completed.  Users will be notified and be able to see what tasks along with any inspections are scheduled.  All completed tasks and notes are evidenced with the entire record history.

“The Papertrail team see many ‘to-do’ list apps in use whilst undertaking inspections and since the news that Wunderlist is no longer going to be supported by Microsoft we decided to incorporate the option to create, assign and set deadlines on tasks on individual records” commented Ben Scholes, CEO and Co-Founder.

Task Manager is scheduled to be available in Beta week commencing 1 June 2017, and the Papertrail development team would be grateful if your organisation would trial the Beta version, FREE of charge for a short period of time.  In return we would be grateful for all feedback and comments.

 

About Papertrail

The Papertrail platform was created out of the need to find an easier way to keep accurate records and demonstrate compliance for equipment inspections and audits.

Today, industry-leading partners, SMEs to larger enterprise and public sector organisations and their staff and contractors trust Papertrail to drive business efficiencies and optimise compliance by managing equipment inspections, certification and safety records.

 

Press contact information

Fiona Holland

fiona@papertrail.io

07774 274737

Equipment Management for Rope Access Technicians

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Industrial rope access has proven to be a safe, efficient and cost-effective. Common rope access techniques include inspection, surveying, maintenance on buildings, towers, bridges, dams, wind turbines and more. Rope access equipment consists of ropes, helmets, harnesses, carabiners, ascenders, and descenders.  

Safety should always be of paramount concern for those using rope access techniques, with the awareness of the following legislations that are necessary for equipment managers and contractors:

What can go wrong?

Although rope access techniques is one of the safest ways to carry out high access maintenance and repairs in the industry, things can still go wrong. Risks could include falls from height due to poor technique, equipment or anchor failure; struck by falling items resulting in fatality or injury to the user; rope burns; and stuck at height.  

Prevention is better than cure

When using rope access techniques, the main objective is to carry out work efficiently, with minimal accidents, incidents or dangerous occurrences. It is important to asses the risks accurately when using any equipment to ensure it meets safety standards, is properly stored, inspected and maintained. It is also essential that the equipment complies with the international standards and equipment users are trained to use it safely. Any work carried out should be supervised to check users are working safely. 

Training Systems 

Training is a continuous process for rope access technicians it keeps them up to speed on current legislation. IRATA and SPRAT have published guidelines to integrate with on-site safety management systems. 

The International Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA) is responsible for regulating the training of all workers looking to earn qualifications in the industry. IRATA certifications are available in three different levels and are required for all working rope access technicians. Read more about IRATA Certifications and what is required here

The Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) certification provides instant recognition and credibility to those who carry it. SPRAT encourages the safe use of rope access through education, standards development and certification. SPRAT is also available in three levels available, more information about becoming SPRAT certified can be found here.

Rope Access Program

Based on IRATA and SPRAT guidelines, a safe rope access program should be designed around these four key components:

  1. Management systems
  2. Training systems
  3. Equipment management systems
  4. Qualified supervisors

Equipment Management Systems 

When it comes to the lives of rope access technicians, they are in the hands of the equipment they use. Equipment managers are responsible for maintenance and testing, with each piece of equipment given a unique identifier and inspected before used on a job. Using Papertrail, equipment managers can use RFID or barcode technology to easily identify equipment, create secure and fully auditable inspections in seconds – simply scan and go! 

If your current equipment management system is not working efficiently and you think can be improved. Download our 5 Step Management System Review Workbook, created for equipment managers to ensure your PPE management system is effective.


BP Deepwater Horizon: Lessons From a Crisis

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On  20 April 2010, whilst drilling an exploratory well at a depth of 5,000 feet, around 41 miles off the south-east coast of Louisiana, disaster struck BP Deepwater Horizon. The explosion and subsequent destruction of the oil well caused 11 deaths and billions worth of natural and economic damage along the Gulf of Mexico. Continue Reading…

A Milestone For Papertrail: Inspections Reach 2,000,000

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Myself and the team at Papertrail are proud of our adventure background and fiercely proud of helping keep people safe along with our environmental responsibilities. When we took the concept of Papertrail to reality, the solution we had in mind was to deliver:

  1.  A technology that reduced the amount of paper being used in the trail of inspections for checking assets and safety procedures. The risk being loss of paper, or too much paper used, wasn’t just bad for the environment but it also increased risk with too many human steps in the process.
  2. A solution that made the whole inspection process a lot easier and therefore we could do more with the limited time we had. This was a fact of life, not enough time, too many tasks!
  3. Because of the insurance implications and regulatory pressures, the solution was to improve accountability and increase information transparency. This didn’t just speed up time of delivering what was needed and reduce frustration, it also demonstrated control.

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Reducing Downtime On Wind Turbines: Creating More with Less

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Natural wind consumes the lion’s share of renewable energy investments in the UK. Between 2010 and 2014, £14.6 billion was invested, with a further £20 billion expected until 2020.  

Consequently, renewables have already shown the ability to contribute 25% of the UK’s energy mix. In 2015, green energy generated more electricity than nuclear and coal for an entire quarter.

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How Paperless Is Your Office?

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It  has been over forty years since a generation of Mad Men and technology industry commentators coined the phrase, a ‘paperless office.’ They imagined a future where paper documents would be history, with everything stored and shared digitally.

It was quite a vision, considering that virtually every piece of hardware and software required to make an office paperless was yet to be invented. Since then, the technology sector and entrepreneurs have made it possible for businesses to function without paper.

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Announcing an Important Papertrail Product Update: Activities

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Papertrail has gone through many stages of development, from our earliest version to the more mature, multifunctional product we have today. A lot of hard work ensures that Papertrail combines the simplicity that sole traders value, with the power and features that multinational corporations can’t manage without, including management and oversight of core business activities. Continue Reading…