Credential Verification Service Expert Tells How to Use Photo ID Cards and Mobile Technology Way to Confirm Worker Training at Pipeline Worksites
ROCKVILLE, MD / ACCESSWIRE / June 28, 2018 / Midstream companies in the oil and gas industry can use smart photo ID cards and mobile devices to check workers onsite and thus boost safety, David Finkelstein, president of Credential Verification Service, writes in the current issue of Midstream Business magazine.
Proper vetting poses a lot of challenges. Pipeline and other midstream workers are often in remote locations. Their bosses don't have access to normal computer infrastructure and not to paper files at headquarters. As a result, there's often a long and costly delay to check credentials/qualifications, Finkelstein writes.
Subcontractors' employees all have to be vetted too.
Mobile Technology Provides Answer
A smart, comprehensive and effective field verification system starts with the fact that every worker has an ID card. If you can use their ID card to tap into a database to verify the worker's training, you have a versatile solution for tracking employee training, he writes.
The solution includes mobile, cloud, database and QR code technology. ''QR code is a simple, tested, reliable and inexpensive technology that works with any phone or tablet,'' he says.
The QR code imprinted on each employee's photo ID card identifies the employee. The ID card with a QR code can replace most or all of the many cards that oil and gas workers carry.
The next step is to create a comprehensive database of employee training records. Employee training profiles can be created one-by-one or uploaded from a spreadsheet.
The database must be stored in the cloud. Placing the data in the cloud ensures that authorized users can access it with any device, anywhere.
The employer also needs an efficient way to record every training session and credential the worker has completed. A smartphone app eliminates the errors and delays associated with the mud-stained paper sign-in sheet.
The app lets authorized trainers automatically record attendees who have completed courses. The trainer just scans the QR code on the badge of each employee to instantly update their training records. The app also can be used by foremen to track attendance at worksite meetings.
The supervisor scans the ID card with a smartphone or tablet to read the QR code. The employee's current training records are then displayed on the screen, securely and reliably.
Safety equipment monitoring
Monitoring personal protective equipment usage is another application. Authorized employees can scan the QR code on the employee's card with a tablet or smartphone to log each checkout of safety equipment. The card is scanned again to display the employee's past usage.
The main reason for monitoring is to make sure workers are always using the right equipment. Additionally, recent OSHA silica regulations require companies to track the usage of respirator masks. If an employee uses a mask more than 30 times a year, he or must receive a specialized medical checkup.
''With today's technology, there's no reason not to check worker training and verify credentials consistently. It's no longer slow, inconvenient and unreliable,'' Finkelstein writes.
Read the article online at http://credentialverificationservice.com/cvs-in-midstream-business-magazine.
Credential Verification Service is used by hundreds of companies in safety-crucial industries such as construction, healthcare, energy, and transportation. It gives employers credential verification services that ensure only qualified workers are assigned potentially hazardous jobs. CVS also works on silicone wristbands.
Identity card best practices are posted on Twitter (@instantcardid) and LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/instantcard).
Hart Energy's MIDSTREAM BUSINESS is the information and data resource of choice for senior executives, managers, investors and engineers in the oil and gas operating, distribution, gathering, processing, transportation, storage and LNG sectors. The magazine, website and weekly Midstream Monitor newsletter are consulted daily by professionals seeking insight into ways to achieve objectives more efficiently, safely and profitably. MIDSTREAM BUSINESS offers management and market trends that enable our readership to develop business strategies tailored to future demands.
Henry Stimpson, Stimpson Communications, 508-647-0705, Henry@StimpsonCommunications.com
David Finkelstein, Credential Verification Service, 301-637-4528, dFinkelstein@Instantcard.net
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