New software has been devel- oped by supplier of personal protective equipment (PPE) Select PPE, which determines the specific PPE needed by certain employees in their specific line of work.
Select PPE uses computer-based software, enabling workers to simply swipe their cards to determine the type of PPE that they require and the date on which the PPE should be delivered.
Revitalised software also allows Select PPE to track certain products by their serial number in order to carry out essential maintenance or inspec- tions. Select PPE supplies mines and other industrial operations with on-site PPE stores that assist in managing the distribution of PPE to staff. This technology is helping to improve safety across South Africa through cost-effective solutions, the company reports.
“About ten years ago, we started to develop software that was designed specifically to make the issuing of PPE as simple and effective as possible. “We developed a coefficient of performance in cooperation with clients at health and safety and environmental depart- ments to manage exactly what each worker needs for a particular day. “Depending on the occu- pation, we can determine what an individual needs to prevent the wrong products from being given to an individual,” says Select PPE information technology director Dries van Tonder.
He adds that, because PPE is not issued unnecessarily, it saves the client money. “Another benefit is that we own stock, so the client does not have to worry about insurance, or redundant or damaged stock.“
There is a major increase in health and safety compliance because employees are now issued with the required PPE according to the client’s standard job type,” he says.
The Johannesburg-based company reports that it has saved projects up to 15% on PPE through its specialist software, which has replaced the need for stockpiling. Major operations, including companies such as Amplats, Impala Platinum, Gold Fields, Harmony Gold, Rand Uranium, ArcelorMittal South Africa, Atlantis Foundries, Bokoni Mining, Sapref, Aquarius Platinum, Xstrata, Barplats, Simmer & Jack Mines, Anglo-gold Ashanti and Kumba Iron Ore, have all taken advantage of the innovative system.
Today, stockholding at Select PPE is valued at R83-billion