In light of the recent findings from the Grenfell enquiry, being able to trace everything about a building has become of huge significance to asset management in the UK. This means that end-to-end documentation is essential to get right as to prevent any more disasters like Grenfell.
We at DataStation have recently developed a brand new, far more efficient method of inspecting fire safety via the use of QR codes which was spurred by these recent findings.
How the Golden Thread Principle inspired the DataStation QR code module for improved Fire Safety Compliance
Judith Hackett’s ground-level research after the Grenfell enquiry unearthed a revolutionary concept: The Golden Thread.
This game changer ensures that no stone is left unturned in terms of documentation for buildings – from construction to ongoing maintenance, everything will be accounted for and tracked so any issues can quickly be addressed with concrete evidence backing it up.
Also arising from the enquiry have been new UK regulations for multi-occupancy residential buildings. It means that quarterly fire door inspections are completed to keep occupants safe. However, ensuring these regular checks happen on time across a portfolio of properties can be an intimidating challenge (even for experienced Facility Managers).
Making sure that each individual door is inspected, and any necessary remedial actions are logged accurately along with evidence provided on a per-door basis can be a bit stressful, as well as resource-heavy without any assistance.
Fortunately, there is now a solution available designed specifically to manage such tasks!
In order to simplify the process, there are only a few simple steps to follow:
- A unique QR code is applied to each fire door or asset.
- Simply apply the specially designed sticker to the appropriate door…it doesn’t get much simpler
- The QR code is scanned which is linked to the asset’s unique record.
- Use your camera on your phone/tablet to get into the right record for the door by scanning the QR code.
- Add the appropriate data
- Inspection reports can be initiated, photos and documents accessed or uploaded to the record in real-time and actions assigned.
- Set up reminders for inspections
- The compliance management software enables automated alerts and triggers which can be customised to your organisation’s processes. Whether it be a monthly or annual inspection, you can adjust reminders to your specifications
The headache of completing fire door inspections is resolved with the simple and clever use of QR codes alongside the powerful reporting capabilities for multi-sites provided by DataStation.
It goes beyond fire doors
The compliance management software and QR code module are not limited to just fire doors, however. It can also be used with other building assets and systems, such as electrical, plumbing and HVAC, ensuring that buildings remain safe from fire-related risks. By leveraging compliance software, businesses are able to save time and money while achieving compliance with regulations and standards. It can also be used by residents of buildings to enable them to view the relevant documents highlighted by Dame Judith’s report.
QR codes are revolutionising the risk management process, creating a massive advantage for asset owners. Through DataStation’s system and reports fuelled by these QR codes, building managers can now provide transparency of reporting needs. It makes it a lot easier to see exactly how their buildings are being maintained according to golden thread principles – keeping them safe in the wake of tragedies like Grenfell.
If this solution sounds like something your business could use, then definitely get in touch with us to see how we could help. Call us on 01440 707566 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to speak with our compliance management software specialists.