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The Guardian Fall Team Blog

Technology makes life easier – or at least it should. But, with so many new gadgets being introduced to us on a day-to-day basis, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. And, if we can’t effectively break-down what the product is and why we should use it, we will typically stick to what we know works best, or, to put it another way, what we know works.

In the fall protection industry, not knowing how something works can mean OSHA citations or, even worse, a worker getting injured.

Every safety expert has a particular process that they know works and that they follow to a ‘T’ to make sure they are keeping compliant with regulations and keeping their workers safe. But some elements of this process can be extremely time consuming, such as the case of inspecting and documenting equipment on the jobsite.

If you’re a ‘pen and paper’ kind of person, this means filling out stacks of forms, as well as maintaining and organizing those forms for easy access in the event of an OSHA inspection.

And, while we know this approach works just fine, it does take quite a bit of time and effort. It can leave you wondering, how can I be more efficient?

This is exactly where new technology comes into play. There are solutions out there that can help with documenting inspections, organizing information, and tracking equipment, all in a matter of seconds either via your desktop computer or on the go from a mobile device.

It’s all through the use of RFIDs.

RFIDs…What are those?

An RFID, or Radio Frequency Identifier, is a physical tag that stores information electronically.

Think of it like a barcode. When you scan a barcode at the grocery store, the register pops up with the name and price information for that product.

But, unlike the vertical lines of a barcode printed on a box, an RFID tag is physically added onto (or within) the product itself. Retrofitting a product with an RFID is easy: some RFIDs have adhesive backing, others can be screwed down, and others can be attached via a key ring.

Using an RFID scanner (which comes standard on a number of cell phones and tablets these days) is also easy. Simply touch your scanner to an RFID tag, and the scanner will bring up all information relevant to the product, and even allow information to be edited.

Why Should I Use RFIDs?

Imagine being able to pick up a harness, scan the RFID tag on the harness, and conduct and log a product inspection right there on the spot via your cell phone or RFID scanner. And, when you’ve completed the inspection, all of the information is saved and automatically organized for you. It even saves the location coordinates of the product so you know where it is and/or where it needs to be.

That’s a beautiful thing.

RFID technology allows you to instantly locate inventory, log maintenance, and perform equipment inspections. Performing and documenting inspections using your mobile device saves time, results in greater precision, and provides always-current product information. And, by maintaining current, comprehensive, and accessible records, you are promoting a smarter, more robust, and compliant safety program on the jobsite.

Why Should I Make The Switch From What I’m Doing Now?

If you feel your current safety process is successful, that’s great. Don’t change a thing.

But, if you’ve ever felt like the ‘pen and paper’ documentation process is redundant, prone to error, or time consuming, and you want to improve accountability and enforce regular maintenance schedules and product inspections, there is a technology that exist that can make life easier, and that is RFIDs.

How Can Guardian Help Me with RFIDs?

Upon request, Guardian now offers RFID tags free of charge for all of our products.

These tags can be retrofitted onto your product(s) via an adhesive backing, key ring, and/or screw.

For RFID tracking software, we highly recommend that you contact our partners at Havoc. All of our RFID tags are compatible with the Havoc SUPERTRACK.CT equipment and safety management software.