EHS & Waste Management

Fire Inspections – A critical part of protecting an organizations’ assets and employees.

By June 14, 2021 No Comments

No matter what your business is, be it a restaurant, law firm, hospital, university, manufacturing plant or distribution center, every business manager has one fear in common:  Fire.  All of the time, effort, and money spent building an organization means nothing if a fire occurs.  The U.S. Fire Administration reported that in 2019 there were 1,291,500 fires, resulting in 3,704 deaths, 16,600 injuries, and $14.8 billion in losses.  As a business owner, your world revolves around keeping your business and its employees safe and secure from all manners of harm, including fire.  The best way to protect your business from fire is by implementing a comprehensive set of fire inspections and appropriate fire protection systems.  Of course, merely installing thee fire protection systems is not enough.  Regular maintenance and fire inspections are required to ensure your system is operating properly and prepared to deploy, saving your business from potentially catastrophic damage.

Importance of Routine Fire Inspections

Spending the money for a modern fire suppression system is an excellent first step in ensuring your business is protected against any fire hazard, and having your system inspected and maintained by a certified technician may be the difference between life and death for you, your business, and your employees.  According to the Insurance Information Institute, in 2019, 7 of the top 10 costliest fires were in commercial locations.  No good comes from a malfunctioning fire suppression system.  You can ensure you are doing everything in your power to protect your business and your employees by doing routine fire inspections. Routine inspections will alert you to any issues with faulty fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, or sprinkler systems.  Certified technicians will be able to identify any issues with fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, and smoke alarms and make the necessary repairs, ensuring each preventative step of your fire suppression system is functioning optimally.

Beyond the need to protect yourself, your business, and your employees from the dangers of fire, the conducting of routine fire inspections is also a requirement under federal law and also a requirement under many local laws and ordinances.  Further, many insurance companies require regular fire inspection reports.  Having an updated fire suppression system may also allow you to capitalize on a lower insurance premium.  In the event a fire does occur, keeping records of the inspection reports may work towards limiting your liability should any injuries or deaths occur as a result of the fire.

How Often Do You Need Inspections and Maintenance?

Now that we agree that fire inspections are the right move, we need to determine the frequency at which these inspections and the routine maintenance should occur.  Many states and municipalities, as well as federal agencies, have differing requirements for fire inspections.  Consulting with certified technicians from an experienced inspection and maintenance company will help you navigate the vast sea of legalese to ensure you are in full compliance with all governing laws.  Other factors that control the frequency of fire inspections include the model of your fire suppression system and the age of that system.

The entire system should have a full, comprehensive inspection annually.  However, certain parts of the fire inspection systems require more frequent maintenance.  A monthly inspection by business owners and/or their employees of the fire extinguishers to check for cracks in seals is a requirement. A quarterly inspection and maintenance of the sprinkler system is advisable to ensure the backflow is working properly as well as all of the gauges, pressure systems, and control valves. Kitchen fire suppression systems and magnetic door locks should have semi-annual inspections.  Every three years it is recommended that business owners conduct an audibility test for the alarm system.

 

Fire Extinguisher Barcode Inspection Software

Fire Extinguisher Barcode Inspection Software system can be used to manage monthly fire extinguisher inspections, annual inspections and 6 year and 12 year inspections and also general fire safety inspections. Allowing Managers to record safety observations while performing facility tours which can improve overall fire safety. A Fire Extinguisher Inspection Software system that can create corrective actions as a result of inspection failures and allocate these corrective active actions to the appropriate persons, with deadlines for resolution will greatly reduce the time, effort and cost of managing NFPA inspections. Implementing a Fire Extinguisher Barcode System, where users scan each fire extinguisher using a Mobile Fire Extinguisher Inspection Software App aids with compliance with NFPA and The joint Commission and other Authorities having Jurisdiction(ADJ’s)  within Universities, Colleges, Hospitals, Medical Centers, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas and many other sectors.

Easy to Use – Fire Extinguisher Barcode System

IMEC Inspection Software is an easy to use fire extinguisher barcode system which will schedule, manage, track and report on any type of inspection, including Facility, Equipment, People etc. Use Cases include fire extinguisher barcode system, eyewash stations, emergency showers, equipment or asset inspection system or facilities inspection software. When used as a fire extinguisher barcode system Inspections are performed via the Mobile app which is available on iOS, Android and Windows devices. The user identifies the inspection point by scanning a barcode, or picking from a list based on location. The Mobile App which is part of the fire extinguisher barcode system will then display the list of custom Forms or Checklists.  The fire extinguisher barcode system inspections can be performed offline if no internet connection is available.

The IMEC Mobile Safety App can also be used as a Fire Door Inspection App and with the Web based flexible Forms Manager the solution can be used as a Fire Door Inspection Software Solution also. Fire Door Inspection Software is used is large facilities with large quantities of Fire Doors like Hospitals, Universities and also Cruise Ships.

Not Just A Fire Extinguisher Barcode System but a Complete Fire Life Safety Inspection Software Solution

IMEC Inspection Software can be deployed as a full Fire Life Safety Inspection Software solution that can be used to manage an organization’s full range of fire and life safety inspections.  The IMEC Fire Life Safety Inspection Software can manage any type of inspection, use cases include Fire Doors, Fire Pumps, Eyewash Stations, Emergency Lights, Emergency Showers, Grease Traps, AED’s and many more.  The IMEC Fire Life Safety Inspection Software can manage any type safety equipment or asset inspection. The user identifies the inspection point by scanning a barcode, or picking from a list based on location. The Mobile App will then display the list of custom Forms or Checklists. The solution can be used within Hospitals as a Hospital Inspection Software solution to manage all hospital inspections and Environment of Care Rounds. Hospital Inspection Software makes Daily, Weekly and Monthly Inspections more efficient and accurate. IMEC’s Hospital Inspection Software allows health care and facility managers to monitor the inspections across their entire organization to aid compliance and increase efficiency.

Lock Out Tag Out Software Solutions

 

IMEC’s Lock Out Tag Out Software Solutions allow a LOTO procedure to be defined for each piece of equipment that requires LOTO to be managed within the system. Equipment can be managed from both Mobile and Web App. Isolation points for the each piece of equipment are managed, images associated with both the piece of equipment and isolation points can be annotated to include energy source icon, arrows, sequence etc. Lock Out Tag Out Procedures can be authored using the Mobile App with version control and with an approval workflow. Lock Out Tag Out Procedures are executed using the Mobile App on any Smart Phone or Tablet. Lockout Tagout procedures are initiated by the user identifying the piece of equipment by either scanning QR Code or selecting the piece of equipment from a list. A complete history of completed Lockout Tagout Procedures is recorded. The status for the piece of equipment can be updated after LOTO is complete – Locked / Unlocked. An Audit option on the Mobile App allows a procedure to be reviewed without performing LOTO on the piece of equipment. Corrective Actions can be created for any Non-conformances or changes required recorded during the Procedure Review. Data Analytics within the IMEC Lock Out Tag Out Software Solutions provide machine downtime analysis to aid in operational efficiency and investment decisions.

Hazardous Waste Management Software

HazMat T&T is a hazardous waste management software solution designed for Environmental Service Companies and companies who generate a large quantity of hazardous waste. The solution tracks hazardous waste from cradle to grave aiding compliance, providing accurate waste inventory, increasing waste handling efficiency, reducing risk and also helps manage waste costs. HazMat T&T Hazardous Waste Management Software can be deployed in a number of deployment scenarios, from Large Hazardous Waste Generators, tracking their hazardous waste at their site to Environmental Service and Waste Management Companies using it track and manage hazardous waste at transfer and disposal sites.

IMEC Technologies provides Safety Management Software to increase worker safety and aid compliance. IMEC’s Safety Management Software will manage inspections and audits, provides hazard identificationincident reporting, management of corrective and preventative actions from generation to closure. IMEC provides lock out tag out software solutions that will allow users to create lockout tagout procedures using an intuitive Mobile App and Manage Lockout Tagout Procedures, also the Review and Execution of those Lockout Tagout Procedures using the Mobile App. Annual Lockout Tagout Procedures audits are conducted using a Mobile App. The Mobile Inspection App allow users to perform inspections and audits, for example the system can be used as a Fire Extinguisher Barcode Inspection Software system to manage monthly fire extinguisher inspections and general fire safety inspections and also to record safety observations and manage corrective actions, anywhere and anytime. The solution can be used as a fire extinguisher barcode inspection software system or life safety inspection system to aid compliance in Higher Education, Healthcare, Industrial and Commercial Organizations. Benefits from a Fire Extinguisher Barcode System include the elimination of paperwork and reducing the burden of compliance with regulations such as NFPA, The Joint Commission. The Mobile App can also be used as a Fire Door Inspection App and with the flexible Forms Manager the solution can be used as a Fire Door Inspection Software Solution also. Fire Door Inspection Software is used is large facilities with large quantities of Fire Doors like Hospitals, Universities and also Cruise Ships. The Incident Reporting App allows users to easily and quickly report incidents, hazards and near-misses, these are then sent to the appropriate people for action and are managed to closure.  Web Apps provide features such as, setup, management, scheduling tools, analysis, reporting and dashboards etc with the ability to report incidents to government bodies such as OSHA and RIDDORHazMat T&T is a hazardous waste management software solution designed for Environmental Service Companies and companies who generate a large quantity of hazardous waste. The solution tracks hazardous waste from cradle to grave aiding compliance, providing accurate waste inventory, increasing waste handling efficiency, reducing risk and also helps manage waste costs. HazMat T&T Hazardous Waste Management Software can be deployed in a number of deployment scenarios, from Large Hazardous Waste Generators, tracking their hazardous waste at their site to Environmental Service and Waste Management Companies using it track and manage hazardous waste at transfer and disposal sites. For more information visit our website www.imectechnologies.com