Across the manufacturing industry businesses are turning to digitisation as a solution for day to day operational challenges, and Machine Safety Risk Assessments (MSRA) are no exception.
In this space more and more worksites are choosing to switch from manual data entry with cumbersome spreadsheets, and the double handling and inaccuracies this leads to, in favour of digital solutions and cloud storage.
It’s a trend known as Industry 4.0, which refers to the “smart” and connected systems that are integrated into machinery and worksites. It’s technology integrated in such a way as to support decision making. In the manufacturing sector it can increase productivity, efficiency, and sustainability, and with Machine Safety Risk Assessments, it can increase accuracy.
Many other industries have become familiar with using cloud based platforms (like Xero), which revolutionised traditional paper and Excel spreadsheet based accounting. Machine safety risk assessments are poised to move in the same digital direction. Just as accounting practices have benefitted from accessing, in real time, pertinent accounting information, manufacturing sites can now benefit from the same flexibility, accuracy and accessibility when performing and reviewing machine safety risk assessments.
Once a company takes their MSRA’s digital, with proper training and support, they tend not to go back, as the benefits of upgrading quickly demonstrate value found in time and process efficiencies.
We’ll take you through some of the benefits we’ve noted as we’ve helped clients make the move towards digitisation, but first let’s look at the history of Machine Safety Risk Assessments.